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Allied Escape and Evasion in World War II

Howard R. Simkin

A complete overview of U.S. and British escape and evasion during World War II - the organisations involved, the Resistance-operated lines, and the dangers faced by those escaping or evading capture.
Publication date:
October 2022
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Illustration :
B/w and colour
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241951

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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Available for pre-order
£29.95

Overview
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• Stories of World War II escapes from the enemy hold a perennial fascination - this book brings together a complete overview of U.S. and British attempts at escape and evasion during the war
• Covers the training given to Allied soldiers, the specialist equipment they received, and the plans and escape attempts made in prisoner-of-war camps in Europe and the Far East
• Covers the organisations and Resistance-operated lines, including the Comet Line, the Rome Escape Line, and the Indragiri River Line

Imagine that you are deep behind enemy lines. Your plane was shot down or perhaps you have just escaped from a prisoner of war camp. The enemy is hunting you, seeking to throw you behind barbed wire for the duration of the war. What will you do? Do you have a plan, and the skills, to make it to friendly territory?

During World War II, the Germans and Japanese held over 306,000 British and 105,000 U.S. service members as prisoners. The number of successful evaders and escapers, both U.S. and British, exceeded 35,000. Many of these were aircrew, who received intense training because of the high risk that they would have to evade or escape. This book relates how they fared in enemy hands or managed to remain free.

This book provides a complete overview of U.S. and British escape and evasion during World War II. It tells the story of the escape and evasion organisations, the Resistance-operated lines, and the dangers faced by the escapers and the evaders in a logical and compelling narrative. Heroism, betrayal, sacrifice, and cowardice are all elements of this fascinating part of the rich tapestry of World War II.