Calais A Fight to the Finish, May 1940 by Jon Cooksey

By Jon Cooksey

This can be the tale of the conflict of Calais, a brief yet bloody fight to hold up the German enhance in may possibly 1940. it's a tale of uncertainty, of taut nerves, of warmth, airborne dirt and dust, raging thirst and hand-to-hand battling within the slim streets of the channel port referred to now to thousands of Britons as a gateway to the Continent. The advisor will take the customer past the ferry terminal and hypermarkets to bare the hidden Calais and the activities of people and devices.

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The Allied counter-attack at Arras with seventy-four tanks and the 6th and 8th Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry, supported by a force from a single French light armoured division, was not in itself a huge success, but it succeeded in striking a telling blow against the extended northern flank of the ‘Panzer Corridor’. Guderian’s advance had been so swift and decisive that a precarious gap had developed between the armoured and motorized units in the van of the assault and the supporting infantry following on foot, often two days march behind.

From institutions I have received considerable assistance from Mr Norman ‘Tommy’ Hummerstone, Secretary of the Queen Victoria’s Rifles Regimental Association, Major Ken Gray of the Royal Green Jackets Museum and Colonel Ian McCausland, President of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps Association. I owe a particular debt of gratitude to Major R D Cassidy who allowed me access to many documents during his tenure as curator of the Royal Green Jackets Museum and to Mr Richard Frost, Secretary of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, for his continued support and encouragement.

It has 56 pitches with spaces for caravans and is open all year round. The casemate which housed a 380mm gun, and which was aimed across the Channel, is now the home for the Musée de Mur de l’Atlantique. La Belle Peche *, Route de Guines, 62340, Hames Boucres. Tel: 321 35 21 07, Fax: 321 82 5150. A camp site close to the heart of the battlefield fought over by the tanks of 3RTR and 1 Panzer Division on 23 May 1940. Closed 1 October until 1 April. A Note About Calais on the Internet Before we leave this section of the guide it is worth spending some time looking at Calais on the World Wide Web for those readers who are already using the Internet and for those who have yet to go ‘online’ but who nevertheless have access to the net via their local library or university.

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