This is the story of the 140th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery and my father’s involvement with the Regiment during its rearguard action defending the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

In the forthcoming 80th Anniversary year of Dunkirk, it is dedicated to my father Eric West and the men who served alongside him in the 140th Regiment. It is also dedicated to the rest of the British Army rearguard at Dunkirk, of whom over 11,000 were killed, 14.000 were injured and 41,300 were listed as missing or captured.

The image is a Royal Artillery regimental flag flying at the site of 367 Battery’s position on the Escaut line.