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Moonless Night: The World War Two Escape Epic
From the moment he was shot down to the final whistle, Jimmy James' one aim as a POW of the Germans was to escape.The Great Escaper describes his experiences and those of his fellow prisoners in the most gripping and thrilling manner. The author made more than 12 escape attempts including his participation in The Great Escape, where 50 of the 76 escapees were executed in c ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 2nd 2006 by Pen & Sword Books
(first published 1983)
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Shot down over German-occupied Holland, "Jimmy" James was captured and initially sent to a Luftwaffe run POW camp. No comparison to the concentration camps, “Goring had a chivalrous feeling for his ‘fellow flyers’ and was able to get the best for the prisoner of camps run by the Luftwaffe." Conditions were actually very good. Airmen for various Allied countries pulled together their talents to create a community that included theatre productions, an orchestra, and an education program known as t ...more
Fantastic story of Jimmy James a RAF pilot who was one of those involved in the Great Escape. The murder of 50 escapees did not deter him from trying to escape again at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. His positive approach to every situation and his ability to maintain calm, logic and humour in the face of danger are the driving force in story. This was recommended by my tour guide at Sachsenhausen and I've now read twice since Christmas.
Aug 16, 2013 Bev Walkling rated it it was amazing
This book tells a story that needs to be told. It was fascinating and both easy to read and very hard to read because of the information included about Nazi treatment of humans of all varieties in concentration camps.