Escaping Hitler

Stories Of Courage And Endurance On The Freedom Trails

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Author: Monty Halls

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509866000

Category: History

Page: N.A

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‘I was on a train, and a German soldier began shouting at me and poking me in the ribs with his machine gun. I just thought that was it, the game was up . . .’ Downed airman Bob Frost faced danger at every turn as he was smuggled out of France and over the Pyrenees. Prisoner of war Len Harley went on the run in Italy, surviving months in hiding and then a hazardous climb over the Abruzzo mountains with German troops hot on his heels. These are just some of the stories told in heart-stopping detail as Monty Halls takes us along the freedom trails out of occupied Europe, from the immense French escape lines to lesser-known routes in Italy and Slovenia. Escaping Hitler features spies and traitors, extraordinary heroism from those who ran the escape routes and offered shelter to escapees, and great feats of endurance. The SAS in Operation Galia fought for forty days behind enemy lines in Italy and then, exhausted and pursued by the enemy, exfiltrated across the Apennine mountains. And in Slovenia Australian POW Ralph Churches and British Les Laws orchestrated the largest successful Allied escape of the entire war. Mixing new research, interviews with survivors and his own experience of walking the trails, Monty brings the past to life in this dramatic and gripping slice of military history.

The Lost Airman

A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France

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Author: Seth Meyerowitz,Peter F. Stevens

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1592409296

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Documents the story of a World War II American Air Force turret-gunner who was one of two escapees when his team's plane was shot down near Cognac in 1943, tracing his harrowing six-month flight to safety across the Pyrenees under constant pursuit by the Gestapo.

Cruel Crossing

Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees

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Author: Edward Stourton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446487040

Category: History

Page: 480

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The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep – the more so in the dark and in winter. Even for the fit the journey is a formidable challenge. Hundreds of those who climbed through the Pyrenees during the Second World War were malnourished and exhausted after weeks on the run hiding in barns and attics. Many never even reached the Spanish border. Today their bravery and endurance is commemorated each July by a trek along the Chemin de la Liberté – the toughest and most dangerous of wartime routes. From his fellow pilgrims Edward Stourton uncovers stories of midnight scrambles across rooftops and drops from speeding trains; burning Lancasters, doomed love affairs, horrific murder and astonishing heroism. The lives of the men, women and children who were drawn by the war to the Pyrenees often read as breathtakingly exciting adventure, but they were led against a background of intense fear, mounting persecution and appalling risk. Drawing on interviews with the few remaining survivors and the families of those who were there, Edward Stourton’s vivid history of this little-known aspect of the Second World War is shocking, dramatic and intensely moving.

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Our Fishermen's Fight for Survival

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Author: Monty Halls

Publisher: Aa Pub

ISBN: 9780749572723

Category: History

Page: 256

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"Britain's fishermen are no ordinary men. Their working day is long, tough, gruelling and dangerous - and now their livelihood is at risk. In his quest to tell their story, Monty Halls spends a year working as a Cornish fisherman in Cadgwith, one of the last defiant outposts of our traditional fishing industry. Through the relentless labour of working his own boat, and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a very British way of life that is quietly dying"--Cover.

A Hundred Miles as the Crow Flies

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Author: Ralph Churches

Publisher: Estate of Ralph Churches

ISBN: 9780646391175

Category: History

Page: 176

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A great yarn, about a man who could charm the birds from the trees, talking people into one of the greatest escapes of POWs of WW2

Natural Born Heroes

Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

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Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307742229

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

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"Author of the phenomenal national best seller, Born to Run, Christopher McDougall now travels to the Mediterranean where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete and in the muscles and minds of fitness enthusiasts everywhere. While researching Born to Run, Chris McDougall encountered the story of Pheidippides, the legendary ancient Greek 'all-day runner.' Later, when McDougall met a dedicated amateur historian, he saw a connection to one of the most fascinating mysteries of World War II: How did a small band of Resistance fighters surrounded by German troops kidnap a top German general? What he discovered is that ancestral techniques for extraordinary endurance, natural movement, and nutrition allowed ancient Greek soldiers and Cretan shepherds to race across mountains on all-night missions. Inspired by their heroic acts, McDougall sets off to discover the lost art of the hero, both throughout history and across the world. Just as Born to Run inspired casual runners to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into nature, Natural-Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to leave the gym and take their fitness to nature doing cross-training, mud runs, parkour and free-running to bound--and climb, swim, skip, wade, and jump--their way to heroic feats"--

Escaping Has Ceased to Be a Sport

A Soldier's Memoir of Captivity and Escape in Italy and Germany

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Author: UNWIN MBE FRANK,Frank Unwin

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 9781526714930

Category:

Page: 272

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After being taken prisoner at Tobruk and transported to Italy, the author was determined to escape and learnt Italian by talking to the sentries. His first escape lasted just one week. He then joined a tunnel party and escaped again. After six weeks on the run he was offered shelter in a Tuscan hilltop village, Montebenichi. There he enjoyed five months of freedom, living the lifestyle and ancient customs of these peasant people. While attempting to re-join the Allied armies, Frank and two fellow POWs were re-captured and sent to a brutal work camp in Germany. His defiant attitude exacerbated an already difficult situation. In March 1945, with the Allies closing in Frank took part in 'The Long March', walking for several weeks before being released by American troops. The title of this remarkable and moving memoir results from a notice posted to Frank's amusement in all POW camps saying 'Escaping has ceased to be a Sport.' This is an exceptional Second World War POW account by a man who refused to accept captivity.

We Die Alone

A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

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Author: David Howarth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1599215802

Category: History

Page: 232

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A World War II chronicles of Jan Baalsrud's escape from Nazi-occupied arctic Norway. We Die Alone is an astonishing true story of heroism and endurance. Like Slavomir Rawicz's The Long Walk, it is also an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.

The Escaping Club

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Author: Alfred John Evans

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: 309

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The Altered I

Memoir of Holocaust Survivor Joseph Kempler

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Author: April Voytko Kempler

Publisher: LeRue Press (LRP)

ISBN: 1938814010

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 373

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“The Altered I is a compelling story!” Jan B. “Everyone should read The Altered I. It gave me chills.” Ryan K. "The Altered I may be one of those books that we have a responsibility to read as members of humanity, as curators of this part of our history. It's a story that can't be told enough." Ken H. The Altered I is a memoir of Holocaust survivor, Joseph Kempler who lived in six different concentration camps. He lost his God, but he never seemed to lose his way. Enduring unspeakable cruelty, Jozef forces himself to deaden his emotions to survive.

The Secret Rescue

An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

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Author: Cate Lineberry

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 031622023X

Category: History

Page: 320

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A #1 Wall Street Journal e-book bestseller! "THE SECRET RESCUE combines all of the elements that draw us to WWII stories: the daring of The Guns of Navarone, the suspense of The Great Escape, and the bravery reminiscent of Ill Met by Moonlight. It's the inclusion of so many women, though, that makes this story unique.'' -- Daily Beast This mesmerizing account of the courage and bravery of ordinary women and men reveals for the first time an astonishing true story of heroic struggle and endurance. When twenty-six Army Air Force flight nurses and medics boarded a military transport plane in November 1943 on a mission to evacuate wounded and sick troops, they didn't anticipate a crash landing in Nazi territory. Emerging from their battered aircraft, the Americans found themselves in Albania, a country rife with chaos and danger. With hunger and sickness as their constant companions, they hid at night with courageous villagers who shared what little food they had, risking death at Nazi hands by doing so. For months, they prayed desperately to be rescued while doing everything they could to survive.

Little Cyclone

The Girl who Started the Comet Line

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Author: Airey Neave

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785900285

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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The exhilarating true story of the greatest escape route of the Second World War On a hot afternoon in August 1941, a 24-year-old Belgian woman walks into the British consulate in Bilbao, neutral Spain, and demands to see the consul. She presents him with a British soldier she has smuggled all the way from Brussels, through Occupied France and over the Pyrenees. It is a journey she will make countless times thereafter, at unthinkable danger to her own life. Her name is Andrée de Jongh, though she will come to be known as the ‘Little Cyclone’ in tribute to her extraordinary courage and tenacity. And she is an inspiration. From nursing wounded Allied servicemen, de Jongh will go on to establish the most famous escape line of the Second World War, saving the lives of more than 800 airmen and soldiers stranded behind enemy lines. The risks, however, will be enormous. The cost, unspeakably tragic. Her story is shot through with the constant terror of discovery and interception – of late-night knocks at the door, of disastrous moonlit river crossings, Gestapo infiltrators, firing squads and concentration camps. It is also a classic true story of fear overcome by giddying bravery. Originally published shortly after the war, Little Cyclone is a mesmerising tale of the best of humanity in the most unforgiving circumstances: a remarkable and inspiring account to rival the most dramatic of thrillers. Royalties from the sale of this book will go to the Airey Neave Trust.

Despatch Rider on the Western Front 1915-18

The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM

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Author: Albert Simpkin

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473859689

Category: History

Page: 240

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The book is skilfully abridged version of the diary of a First World War motorcycle despatch rider, Sergeant Albert Simpkin, who was attached to the HQ 37th Division. The diary entries, and some longer descriptions of the main actions of the Division, provide a fascinating record of the life of a despatch rider on the Western Front; one day dodging shell holes and ammunition limbers to take his despatches to the front, the next observing the quaint but often courageous lives of the local populace. Throughout the diary are colourful and amusing anecdotes about his fellow soldiers, and critical comments on the strategies and tactics employed by the officers.

How to Ruin a Business Without Really Trying

What Every Entrepreneur Should Not Do When Running a Business

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Author: M. J. Gottlieb

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1614489807

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 196

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When life hands you lemons what do you do? Well complaining certainly doesn't help anything, and nobody really listens anyway. Truth is, most successful people have failed their way to the top. For every successful person that you see, what you don't see is the trail of bankruptcies, failed partnerships, and pricey mistakes that made them who they are today. So does that mean every entrepreneur has to go through the same horrors, heartaches and pain? Is there any way to avoid this? Well one way is to learn from the experiences of others. . . MJ Gottlieb's How To Ruin A Business Without Really Trying takes a new and exciting approach to help entrepreneurs by telling them what “not” to do. The book uses fifty-five painstaking, yet hysterical tales throughout MJ Gottlieb’s 21-year journey as an entrepreneur to highlight some of the most prevalent and destructive mistakes entrepreneurs make when running a business today. Truth-be-told, entrepreneurs simply do NOT like to be told what to do. Learning from the mistakes of others however, takes the ego out of the equation so entrepreneurs can learn objectively, while still allowing them to enjoy the freedom of their own experience.

Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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Author: Nelson Mandela

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759521049

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 576

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The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality. LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

SAS Ghost Patrol

The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed As Nazi Stormtroopers

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Author: Damien Lewis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786483119

Category:

Page: 352

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The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed As Nazi Stormtroopers The Most Daring Mission Ever Undertaken SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking. What unfolded - the longest mission ever undertaken by Allied special forces - was an epic of daring, courage, tragedy and survival that remains unrivalled to this day, and which rightly became a foundation stone of Special Forces legend. Written with Lewis's signature authenticity and dramatic verve, SAS Ghost Patrol is peopled by a cast of the utterly maverick and the extraordinary. In its quirky eccentricities and outrageous rule-breaking, this is a story that only the British could have authored, and with such panache and aplomb. It may read like the stuff of impossible myth or folklore, but every single word is true.

SAS Operation Galia

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Author: Robert Hann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780955623998

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 182

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Two days after Christmas 1944, during the harshest winter in living memory, 33 SAS troops parachuted into the valley of Rossano, Northern Italy. Carried out in broad daylight, the parachute drop was intended to deceive observing enemy forces into believing that a full parachute brigade of 400 men had landed behind them. Drawing on post-op reports and memoirs, this book is a fictionalised account written from the perspective of one of the rank and file parachutists who took part in the operation: the author's father. Scrupulously researched and richly illustrated, Hann's personal narrative brings to life the co-ordinated attemptsof the SAS and local partisans to engage and evade the enemy. For the first time, Hann provides a detailed account of some of the devastating setbacks and triumphs of Operation Galia: one of the hardest fought and most successful operations of the Second World War.

Last of the Kriegies

The Extraordinary True Life Experiences of Five Bomber Command Prisoners of War

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Author: Reg Barker,Charles Clarke,David Fraser,Albert Gunn,Henry Wagner,Steve Darlow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993415296

Category:

Page: N.A

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'For you the war is over'. 'Last of the Kriegies' tells the extraordinary stories of five of the last remaining Second World War RAF Bomber Command Prisoners-of-War: pilot Reg Barker, bomb aimer Charles Clarke, air gunner David Fraser, air gunner Albert Gunn and navigator Henry Wagner. Each veteran shares the journey they went through joining up with the Royal Air Force, their training and crewing up, and operational duties with RAF Bomber Command. We accompany them on raids over enemy territory as they fight to survive against the relentless flak, searchlights, and deadly enemy nightfighters. Eventually each airmen's next of kin receives a knock on the door and the dreaded 'regret to inform' you telegram.Reg, Charles, David, Albert and Henry describe the circumstances in which they are shot from the sky, descending by parachute in to hostile territory, and their subsequent failed attempt to avoid capture. Interrogation follows and we hear how the downed airmen negotiate the aggressive and devious tactics employed by their captors as they try and extract secret information. Our 'Kriegsgefangener' soon find themselves behind the barbed wire of a German prison camp facing the trials and tribulations of daily life as a 'kriegie'; the battle with hunger and frustration, the baiting and harassing of prison guards, friendships made, and attempts to break out and escape their captivity. In the final months of the war some of our POWs endure the grueling and harsh conditions of the forced 'Long March'. Despite frustrating delays, as the Nazi regime enters its final death throes, our airmen eventually taste the sweetness of liberation and journey home to loved ones and family. Fighting High Publishing and Bomber Command historian Steve Darlow present the extraordinary testimony of five veterans who endured and survived being shot down, captivity, degradation, and suffering. Illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and with a foreword from former Gulf War POW Squadron Leader Bob Ankerson RAF (Ret'd) 'Last of the Kriegies' reveals the extraordinary strength and resilience of the human spirit struggling with incarceration and the loss of freedom.