I Escape, The Great War’s Most Remarkable POW, Captain J L Hardy DSO MC

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This is a book that will appeal to a diverse readership because it is thrilling and moving as much as because it is a great POW story.

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NAME: I Escape, The Great War’s Most Remarkable POW, Captain J L Hardy DSO MC
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2170
AUTHOR: Capt J L Hardy
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 269
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Vimy Ridge, Arras, 1914, BEF, WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, The Old Contemptibles, The Contemptable Little Army, trench warfare, machine guns, cavalry, field guns, POW, mining, counter mining, underground
ISBN: 1-47382-305-6
IMAGE: B2170.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/lja5njl
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DESCRIPTION: A factor of anniversaries is similar to the No.97 bus – you don’t see one for ages and then several turn up together. For some inexplicable reason, there has been very little coverage of WWI POWs. Even during and after WWI, very little was published and it may be that Europe was so war-weary that no one wanted to read about the life of POWs. WWII has been served much better and there have been many books, films and television programs exploring the lives and courage of British POWs. In WWII there was something of the boarding school about the POW existence. This may have been grim but it was often a game where POWs pitted their wits against their guards, did some extraordinary things, and clearly maintained morale against great difficulties. The result is that many assumed that this was a peculiarly WWII situation, but the WWI POWs were at least as inventive, determined and courageous as their WWII counterparts. This book reads like a thriller or a film script but it is a true account by one extraordinary British POW.

Hardy made 12 escape attempts over a three and a half year period. Incredibly, five were successful. He finally managed to escape for good in March 1918.

This is a book that will appeal to a diverse readership because it is thrilling and moving as much as because it is a great POW story.

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