Voices in Flight: Escaping Soldiers and Airmen of World War I
Imprint: Pen and Sword Aviation
288 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 60 illustrations - 2 x 16 pp mono plates
- October 2017
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
All aspects of prison life are covered here, and the author examines the various escape tactics that were employed by British soldiers and airmen held in PoW camps all over Germany and Turkey. In order to provide a balanced account, the author has also uncovered stories of German navy and army escapees who attempted to flee from England.
Each chapter is preceded by an account which explains the types of camps used in Britain and Germany, the numbers involved, the food, the camp money system for worker prisoners and a general appreciation of the conditions and chronology. Firsthand accounts from the prisoners themselves are then woven into the picture, creating an authentic sense of the PoW experience.
The emphasis of this unique book is placed on the human story of the main characters, the unparalleled action on the Western Front and the interaction and camaraderie experienced between soldiers and airmen held in prison camps in England, Germany and Turkey during the Second World War.
"A magnificent and inspirational collection of stories of POWs, the kind of story you might have found in the Boys' Own Paper and similar story periodicals after the war. Amazing!" ~Books Monthly
"I enjoyed the entire book and was constantly struck by just how far we've come in 100 years of aviation [military] and in comparison what was considered acceptable then to today... The book's focus is on individuals and their personal stories in which they are, to me at least, doing amazing things." ~A Wargamers Needful Things
First-class work. 10/10 ~The Great War Magazine