Remembrance . . . It Was Awful

Merle, 81, was a French army interpreter for the British forces when captured at Dunkirk. He is the author of the novel Weekend at Dunkirk.

The British sent all kinds of boats. Big ones, little ones, paddle steamers, yachts, everything. It was gorgeous weather, hot and beautiful. Guys were lying on the dunes, shirts off, watching the combat between the British and German fighters. When they'd see a German fighter go down, they'd applaud.

The most extraordinary thing was that the Germans did not machine-gun the thousands of men on the beach. The Stukas did attack the boats, and I remember...

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