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 few of the hardest international conflict II camps in Europe and the Pacific, this ebook information the bold escapes and highlights the elemental facets of human nature that made such heroic efforts attainable. Levine takes a accomplished process, together with evasion efforts via these fleeing prior to the enemy who by no means reached formal prisoner of struggle camps, in addition to escapes from ghettoes and exertions camps.

Levine can pay specific realization to dramatic escapes via small boat. Many are usually not well known, even supposing a few have been remodeled monstrous distances or in beautifully tricky stipulations from enemy-occupied components. money owed comprise makes an attempt at freedom from either German and eastern prisoner of struggle camps, tales that display 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 awesome flights from India to Tibet and Burma. This research demanding situations a few principles approximately habit in severe occasions and casts attention-grabbing gentle on human nature.

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A group of 50 officers and men collected around them; in two days of work they repaired and launched one of the landing craft. Captain J. B. Fitzhardinge, an architect, who had taken charge, made a preliminary trip along the coast in a small boat to get provisions. His group was nearly caught by the Germans; one man was wounded. On the evening of June 2, Fitzhardinge set sail with 77 men aboard. M. on June 3, an Italian submarine halted the landing craft and re- 26 Captivity, Flight, and Survival in World War II moved nine of the 11 officers aboard.

The rest were quartered in a village near the Adriatic. But the move again fell through. Peterson and the Chetniks were stopped from leaving the harbor by Germans. Nevertheless, James Inks, who had acquired a Chetnik girlfriend (she broke up with him when she learned that he had been on the mission Flight from the Enemy: Europe and the Mediterranean 35 that destroyed Podgorica), found himself becoming somewhat more sympathetic to the Chetniks. He decided that, despite their strange relations with the enemy, they really hated the Germans.

Another caique, under Commander Keith Mitchell, left Megara. On April 26, it stopped at Metharia after surviving two dive-bomber attacks in one day. There, the Greek crew deserted. While the two British officers looked for another crew, the old crew thought better of it and returned. Surviving repeated attacks, the caique reached the island of Kythera. Mitchell found several other caiques there; hundreds of men were hiding on the island. At night, Mitchell embarked 100 soldiers on his small vessel and sailed to Crete.

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