Dunkirk Leaflet WW2

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My father Hubert John (Bert)Eckersley from Bolton in Lancashire joined the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards just 6 days after his 18th birthday on March 11th 1938.
Following the declaration of War in 1939 he went with his Regiment in Autumn that year to France and Belgium with the British Expeditionary Force.
In 1940 he was with thousands of other soldiers on the beaches at Dunkirk waiting to be evacuated.
Whilst they waited for the boats the soldiers were shot at and bombed, and the Germans dropped leaflets urging them to surrender. Bert's squadron was one of the last to leave France, on the morning of June 2nd 1940.
He had picked up one of the propaganda leaflets, folded it and put it in his pocket.
Bert survived the War - he landed on the Normandy beaches on D Day in 1944 and fought until the end of the War with his original squadron.
This is an original leaflet from Dunkirk, kept by him until his death in 1966, then by his wife Myra until her death in 1979 and now in my possession, along with a number of other memorabilia from his War years.

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