Beaufort Special by Bruce Robertson

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We shouted to him to come on our raft, he waved 'Good-bye and good luck' - the end of a gallant man. 18 Of the besides three sunk warships totalling 1,561 crew, only forty-five survived Seaman Carter. Squadron-Leader Cross was another, after endur- ing extremes of suffering on a raft which took the lives of twenty-five of twenty-six of his companions. was It a miserable courage, the blow moments of to end a miserable glory, shine out campaign. But the acts of - not least that of Commander Glasfurd.

The Germans began to take heavy punishment while they themselves were coming to the end of the meagre supply of ammunition. 16 the range German Before they succumbed the ships succeeded in severely damag- ing two of the British destroyers; but one by one, like rats trapped in a shed, the German ships were knocked out, run aground or battered to pieces until they sank. - half of the total battles. It had been By the German end of flotilla it all every one of the ten destroyers strength a desperate, close action - had been all lost in the And now the way was open for the Allied invasion and drive the German contingent out of the town given.

Of French troops waiting hopelessly on the pierheads and the eastern mole. There was nothing a single, small motorboat could do; sadly, Cameron turned for home. ' But there were still Englishmen in Dunkirk, some of them very much alive. Lieutenant Jimmy Langley, left behind because the wounded took up too much room in the boats, now lay on a stretcher at the 12th Casualty Clearing Station near the outskirts of town. The station - really a field hospital- occupied a huge Victorian house in the suburb of Rosendael.

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