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By Alan Levine

A choice of prisoner of struggle and focus camp survivor tales from a few of the hardest global conflict II camps in Europe and the Pacific, this ebook info the bold escapes and highlights the basic elements of human nature that made such heroic efforts attainable. Levine takes a complete process, together with evasion efforts by way of these fleeing earlier than the enemy who by no means reached formal prisoner of struggle camps, in addition to escapes from ghettoes and hard work camps.

Levine will pay specific consciousness to dramatic escapes by way of small boat. Many are usually not widely recognized, even though a few have been remodeled great distances or in beautifully tricky stipulations from enemy-occupied parts. money owed contain makes an attempt at freedom from either German and jap prisoner of struggle camps, tales that exhibit 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 remarkable flights from India to Tibet and Burma. This examine demanding situations a few rules approximately habit in severe occasions and casts fascinating mild on human nature.

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The truck’s radiator leaked, and it bogged down in sand again and again. The second day they found an abandoned truck with a full radiator, but were soon short of drinking water. The first waterhole they found had been polluted with oil. Late that afternoon, they found another hole that was still usable. But they ran out of food. 32 Captivity, Flight, and Survival in World War II The following day the truck finally broke down. They believed they were 90 miles from the nearest British and in a near-hopeless predicament.

But, by a narrow margin, the Germans secured an airhead. The British Commonwealth forces began another agonizing retreat and evacuation. 24 Captivity, Flight, and Survival in World War II Under a terrific pounding from the air, the Royal Navy did an astonishing job, but once again, many men—over 5,000—had to be left behind. The lost battle was followed by a startling number of daring escapes and rescues. As late as 1943 submarines were still picking up men who had stayed at large or had escaped from captivity before they could be taken off the island.

None ran, but they managed to cannibalize them to build one that worked. They drove southeast toward the south end of the Alamein line, where it ran into the more or less impassable Qattara Depression. There they bullied Italians, who evidently mistook Afrikaans for German, into clearing mines so their “allies” could pass. A group from the 2nd Durban Light Infantry actually seized a German tank and took a prisoner; they too got through. 21 A trickle of other evaders and men who had escaped the temporary prisoner of war camps the Italians maintained in Libya also reached safety.

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