Allied Escape and Evasion in World War II
216 Pages, 6 x 9 in, B/w and color
- November 2022
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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 will relate 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 organizations, 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.
Chapter 2 – Allied Escape Organizations
Chapter 3 – Essentials and Escape Devices
Chapter 4 – POW Camp Organization
Chapter 5 – German POW Camps
Chapter 6 – Japanese POW Camps
Chapter 7 – The Comet Line
Chapter 8 – The Rome Escape Line
Chapter 9 – The Shelburne Line
Chapter 10 – The Indragiri River Line
Chapter 11 – China Escape Lines
Chapter 12 – Colditz to England – Small Group Assisted
Chapter 13 – Corregidor to the U.S.A. – Single Unassisted
Chapter 14 – Singapore to Australia – Mass Escapes/Evasions Assisted
Chapter 15 – Corregidor to Australia – Mass Escapes/Evasions Unassisted
Chapter 16 – Liberation!
Chapter 17 – Conclusion
"Home Run belongs on every World War II bookshelf, filling in the gaps on what is known about this oft-mentioned but little understood topic of wartime escape and evasion." ~The NYMAS Review
"Simkin has produced a fine, workman-like examination of all aspects of enlivened by colorful evasion or rescue stories gleaned from veterans’ reminiscences." ~The Journal of America's Military Past