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By Alan Levine

A selection of prisoner of warfare and focus camp survivor tales from a few of the hardest global conflict II camps in Europe and the Pacific, this e-book info the bold escapes and highlights the elemental features of human nature that made such heroic efforts attainable. Levine takes a accomplished technique, together with evasion efforts by means of these fleeing sooner than the enemy who by no means reached formal prisoner of warfare camps, in addition to escapes from ghettoes and hard work camps.

Levine will pay specific consciousness to dramatic escapes by means of small boat. Many aren't widely recognized, even supposing a few have been revamped enormous distances or in superbly tough stipulations from enemy-occupied components. money owed contain makes an attempt at freedom from either German and eastern prisoner of warfare camps, tales that demonstrate a lot in regards to the stipulations prisoners persevered. a few of these escapes are way more awesome than the famed nice get away from Stalag Luft III. German and Austrian prisoners additionally recount their notable flights from India to Tibet and Burma. This examine demanding situations a few principles approximately habit in severe events and casts fascinating gentle on human nature.

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The bombardier and waist gunner promptly bailed out and were never seen again. The B-24 staggered west. Perkins’ hopes of ditching in the Adriatic were dashed at the last moment; over Montenegro, when the sea was already in sight, the men had to bail out instead. They immediately found themselves in the hands of the Chetniks. They were a little worried, since they could not recall whether the Chetniks—the Serb guerrilla force, loosely controlled by General Mihailovich, and loyal to the Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile— were fighting with the Germans or against them.

Two lieutenants, R. B. Sinclair and Roy Farran, got out of Kokkinia prison at Athens. In late August, with three other soldiers and ten Greeks, they got passage on a caique —a small 30-footer that, unlike most, had no mast and depended entirely on a diesel engine. They had just enough fuel to reach Alexandria (if no mistakes were made), very little food, and only a school atlas for a map. The second night out of Greece, the steersman blundered off course; and they learned that some of their fuel had been stolen before they left.

On June 8 some Commandos started to drink seawater; Hansen stopped them by threatening them with a Tommy gun. They landed near Sidi Barrani, on June 10; Day’s longboat also reached Africa. A mixed bunch of soldiers secured the third landing craft and hid it in a sea cave to wait for night. Private Harry Richards, an Australian farmhand, took over as skipper; a New Zealand farmer, Private H. A. Taylor, acted as engineer. With 62 men aboard, they set out the evening of June 1. They pulled out of the cave under the fire of two German machine guns, but no one was hit.

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