The Last Escape.

By John Nichol & Tony Rennell

Printed: 2002

Publisher: Viking. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 4

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In the original dustsheet. Black cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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Draws on the testimony of surviving veterans to relate the experiences of hundreds of thousands of American and British prisoners of war in camps across Nazi-controlled Europe, who were forced at gunpoint to march hundreds of miles along the Death March in the wake of the D-Day landings.

Review: “The Last Escape”A book brought to my attention by my wife, who in turn had it loaned to her by an old gentleman whom she looks after. He is a veteran of the 2nd world war,at 96 he is living history. Ex RAF aircrew. He obviously had some knowledge of this tragic story of POW evacuation from east to west as the allies closed in at the beginning of 1945. As the Russian army advanced into Germany in the worst winter for many years, allied POW were without warning moved from camps in the east, westwards. This was not an act of protection and it is still not clear exactly what the motive was. However with no warning prisoners were assembled sometimes in the middle of the night and marched out of the camps in their thousands. They were totally unprepared. Thus started a trail of suffering that covered many hundreds of miles. The suffering and privations these men suffered was horrific. The last months of the war as the allies advanced is well documented. The fate of Pow as Germany began to collapse is not well known but should be known. Acts of comradeship and compassion unsurpassed. Anyone remotely interested in that world changing time should read this. The authors John Nichol & Tony Rennel have done these men and us a great service in telling about this largely unknown period of history still in living memory.

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