This memoir is most welcome, casting fresh light on the lives of POWs. The title is very appropriate to the story but for many POWs escaping was always a sport that upset the captors and relieved the monotony of camp life. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Escaping Has Ceased To Be A Sport, a Soldier's Memoir of Captivity and Escape in Italy and Germany FILE: R2763 AUTHOR: Frank Unwin MBE PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 246 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, World War II, Second World War, WWII, Italy, Germany, POW, camps, escapes, recapture
IMAGE: B2763.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y7qnxovz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This memoir is most welcome, casting fresh light on the lives of POWs. The title is very appropriate to the story but for many POWs escaping was always a sport that upset the captors and relieved the monotony of camp life. - Most Highly Recommended The war in North Africa saw forces advancing across great distances and then being driven back. During the process, large numbers of prisoners were taken. For the British, Tobruk was a bright point that held on as British forces retreated and welcomed them back at the next advance. When it fell it came as a surprise, a shock both to the troops affected, and the people at home. The surprise, now looking back, is that Tobruk ever held on. It was not a question of bravery, but logistics and the magnificent RN effort to keep this outpost supplied was inspirational. The process was helped by the fact that Italian and German forces advancing in the next phase of the conflict could ill-afford the time and resources to adequately besiege Tobruk. They were already running perilously short of fuel, food and spares, as they dashed a long the North African coast. Every commander in that theatre knew that the priority must be the prizes at each end of the advances. Tobruk was a very inconvenient irritation for the Axis and not much more than a morale booster for the British. The author tells of his views and experiences at and after the fall of Tobruk. He provides a graphic picture of life in Italian POW camps, his efforts to learn Italian and his first efforts at escaping. He talks of gratitude and feeling for the bravery of Italians who helped him at great danger to themselves during his second attempt when he was free for five months, his first attempt ending after a week. During his second escape, he developed a lifelong love of the Italy and the Tuscan people. Recaptured, as he attempted to find a way through the German lines to rejoin the Allied lines, he was sent to a labour camp in Germany. This was hard living in a quarry. Escape was not a viable option and he concentrated on contributing as little as possible the enemy from his forced labour. Then as the war came to an end, he was part of 'The Long March', walking for several weeks before being released by American troops. This is a very nicely written memoir with a very interesting photo plate section taking the story through and on to 2008. In its telling, it offers several unique insights and adds to the picture of life for POWs in Italy and Germany and of their joy to return eventually to their homes.