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The Secret History of WW2 starts to tell the stories behind Operation Aerial

May 5, 2021

It was great to be featured in last night’s first episode Channel 5 Select’s new series The Secret History of World War II, telling some of the amazing, yet little known, stories about the evacuations from France in June 1940 after the fall of Dunkirk.

Over 220,000 troops and civilians were rescued from the advancing Nazi forces after the last boat left Dunkirk on 4 June but little is known about how those evacuations that went under the code names Operation Cycle and Operation Aerial came together and lifted so many desperate souls from the ports around the Brittany and Atlantic coast of France. This is something I have tried to put right in my new book Operation Aerial: Churchill’s Second Miracle of Deliverance, due to be published by Sabrestorm Publishing later this summer.

Starting to tell some of the amazing stories about fleeing from France in 1940 with the help of Channel 5 Select

When the production company behind the new series, Woodcut Media, approached me to take part in their new series I jumped at the opportunity and was delighted with the results in last night’s programme. This included the sinking of the Lancastria at St Nazaire – Britain’s largest maritime loss of life – the surrender of the Highland Division at St Valery and the spiriting out of the world’s supply of heavy water from under the noses of the Nazis by an eccentric British aristocrat. These are just a few of the stories that will be in my book.

The programme is available for the next month on the My5 website or the 5 Select catch-up on Freeview 55, Sky 153, Virgin Media 152, TalkTalk TV55, or Freesat 133.

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