Captivity, Flight, and Survival in World War II by Alan Levine

By Alan Levine

A choice of prisoner of conflict and focus camp survivor tales from a number of the hardest global warfare II camps in Europe and the Pacific, this ebook information the bold escapes and highlights the basic features of human nature that made such heroic efforts attainable. Levine takes a accomplished strategy, 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 way of small boat. Many are usually not widely recognized, even though a few have been remodeled large distances or in superbly tough stipulations from enemy-occupied components. debts contain makes an attempt at freedom from either German and eastern prisoner of struggle camps, tales that exhibit a lot concerning 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 learn demanding situations a few rules approximately habit in severe events and casts fascinating mild on human nature.

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He and his friends had just missed the last ship to leave and that morning had gone out to retrieve a rowboat they had seen floating offshore. But another group got to it first, and Hancox had been left paddling about on his own. The landing craft took him aboard and went on to a tiny uninhabited isle, Gaydhapoula, 18 miles off Crete. There they lay up for the remaining daylight hours, overhauled the engines, and collected food. That night, they started for Africa. They ran out of gasoline on June 2, and began drifting south.

A Chinese woman, Mrs. Li, saw one of her daughters drown; she shoved the other onto a bit of floating wreckage but lost track of her. S. Marines on Guadalcanal, thousands of miles away. Some ships’ complements were marooned. The day Singapore fell, Motor Launch 310 was in the Puloh Tujoh island group off Sumatra. She was carrying from 30 to 45 men (sources differ), including Rear Admiral Spooner and Air Vice Marshal Pulford, the senior Navy and Air Force officers at Singapore. Japanese ships and a seaplane chased her; trying to flee, she ran aground.

M. s set out, running in single file past a gauntlet of fire. Swinging well out to sea to avoid Japanese ships supporting the ground forces, they headed for Mirs Bay northeast of Hong Kong. Guest had the impression that at least some of the Navy men hoped to reach neutral Portuguese Macao, refuel there, and somehow slip down the coast of Indochina and reach Singapore. He did not think that this was very realistic. According to the British official history, however, Mirs Bay was the final objective all along.

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