PRISONERS AND PARTISANS:
ESCAPE AND EVASION
IN WORLD WAR II ITALY
by MALCOLM TUDOR
Military History - A5 paperback - 150 pages - 20 photographs - ISBN 9780953896431
As recommended in Family Tree Magazine
'I write to express my pleasure and interest in your latest book, which I recently bought. It was rather like meeting old friends again!' - P.L, ex POW
'Very interesting' - W.S, ex aircrew
'Enlightening' - C.K, family historian
Escape and Evasion
During World War II over 20,000 British and Allied servicemen escaped to neutral Switzerland or crossed the lines within Italy. Many of the former prisoners of war and downed airmen were rescued by the escape and evasion secret services of British and American Military Intelligence. But the majority of the fugitives were saved by civilians and members of the Resistance. 'What counted most was the kindness of strangers.'
The gripping true stories and eyewitness accounts include:
- The New Zealand Brigadier who travelled from his camp to the Swiss border in just 20 hours, only to be recaptured within yards of the frontier wire.
- The Scottish officer who spoke no Italian but still managed to reach the front line after marching through the Apennines for five weeks. He crossed to friendly forces without seeing a single German soldier.
- The three British escapers who booked into a hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice for two nights only to discover that all the other guests were German Staff officers.
- The English Major pretending to be an Italian nobleman who obtained the autograph of the German Commander at the Rome Opera House.
- The Italian SOE agent sent into enemy territory with a bottle of Scotch Whisky to prove his identity to a British Liaison Officer.
Based on the dramatic experiences of escapers and evaders, the book reveals:
- The failed Armistice of September 1943
- Official rescue work
- The escape lines
- Attempts to reach Allied forces
- Escapes to Switzerland
- The senior officers' camp
- Escaper partisans
- The most travelled escapers
- The Rome Escape Line
- After the battle
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