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

By Jon Cooksey

This is often the tale of the conflict of Calais, a brief yet bloody fight to hold up the German improve in could 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 hundreds of thousands of Britons as a gateway to the Continent. The consultant 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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This has led to collaborations with daily and Sunday newspapers in developing the culture of crossing the channel ‘for a tenner’, ‘for a pound’ or even ‘for free’, sometimes with a crate of beer thrown in for good measure. For those members of the public within reasonable striking distance of Dover a day trip to Calais is now as realizable and as affordable as a trip to Brighton or Clacton once used to be with the added bonus that a trip to Calais is a trip ‘abroad’. Indeed, in the first two months of 1999 the Port of Calais handled more than 1,750,000 passengers and almost 700,000 vehicles of all types of which 310,619 were driven by tourists.

Fr) or from Blay Foldex 40–48 Rue des Meuniers, F-93108, Montreuil, Cedex, France, (tel: 149 88 92 10) 5) Editions Grafocarte, Plan Guide, Bleu & Or entitled Calais. Scale 1:13 300 (1cm = 133m) Another clear map making good use of colour and this time extending some way beyond the line of the outer perimeter to include the villages of Coquelles – including the Eurotunnel terminal – Coulogne and part of Fréthun. There is a good deal of information on the reverse, including an alphabetical listing of street names and a separate map of Calais Nord to the scale of 1:12 000 (1cm = 120m) on the reverse.

Pierre from the modern suburb of Nouvelle France much as it did in 1940. The two upper chambers of the heart shape are separated from those below, first by the Boulevard Leon Gambetta which drives straight into the heart of town from Coquelles in the west as it always has and by the Canal de Marck which does the same from the east. Further north are the valves; the bridges which cross the canals surrounding the Old Town providing the vital link with the southern suburbs as they have done since the union of the two towns old and new.

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