books that have been written by a variety of sources but primarily concentrating
on those written by PoWs or their families, detailing life before, during
and after captivity.
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Spence risked his life to keep a remarkable daily record of hardship,
courage and endurance in prison camps run by the Japanese. For nearly
four years he and his fellow prisoners faced starvation, disease
and cruelty. They kept up their spirits by playing sport, listening
to an illicit radio and by trying to create their own civilised
society behind barbed wire. Throughout the suffering in Java, a
perilous journey in the hold of an infamous hellship and the horrors
of a forced labour camp in Japan, Les Spence kept writing.
the historic WWII experiences of a young RCAF Pilot Officer. Don
lived an adventure many young men had hoped for, piloting his beloved
Hawker Hurricane with RAF No. 33 Fighter Squadron in the Western
Desert. In this book he chronicles not only their missions, including
Operation Crusader, but a spirit of life, camaraderie and loss,
at North Africa Landing Grounds. When the author himself is shot
down and crash lands, he witnesses the starkly brave act of a true
friend, L.C. Wade, putting his own life on the line for his. The
ensuing years in captivity, coupled with skill and good fortune,
provide a unique view of life in the hands of the Axis powers. He
shares his good nature and humour, allowing a glimpse into 'what
it was' that got these men through it all. His final years as a
prisoner of war were spent in the infamous Stalag Luft III in Sagan,
is the true story of my father who enlisted in England and went
to war in 1939. He was captured in France, early on and was marched
to Poland where he experienced the truth of this clairvoyant’s
reading and much more ... This story will make you cry and laugh
as my father makes the most of life at Stalag XXA.
Friedlander and Keith Turner
German Jewish SAS Soldiers story. This is a true story, supported
by official documents and photographs. Rudi Friedlander's story
of bravery (winning the DCM and MID) ends with him being executed
by the SS following his capture in 1944.
E. (Bill) Goodman
life, from joining the RAF in 1941 at the age of 18 to his demob
in 1948, was fraught with adventure. He describes his service with
7 Squadron at Oakington; he then highlights the terrifying events
of the night their Stirling was shot down over Holland, his subsequent
incarceration at Stalag Luft 3, periods in other camps and, finally,
the long debilitating march back home.
the onset of the Second World War, Frank Pleszak's father MikoAaj,
aged nineteen, was forcibly removed from his family in Poland by the
Russian secret police and exiled to the harshest of the Siberian labour
camps, the dreaded Soviet gulags of Kolyma. MikoAaj spoke very little
about it. Only very occasionally would his painful memories allow
him to tell Frank and his siblings a little snippet of information.
After his father's death, Frank became intrigued and began researching
MikoAaj's early life. As he discovered more and more, he became amazed
and shocked at the ordeals his father had endured. When Germany invaded
Russia, MikoAaj was freed from Kolyma but still had many trials yet
to face. MikoAaj survived gulags, torture, and the war, but was never
allowed to return home. Frank has followed his father's footsteps
on a journey of 40,000 kilometres, through places most of us have
never heard of, a journey through despair, fear, hope and disappointment,
and in these pages he recounts everything he discovered along the
York Times Articles
of the most riveting articles from the archives of The Times--including
first-hand accounts of major events and little-known anecdotes--have
been selected for inclusion in The New York Times Complete World War
II. The book covers the biggest battles of the war from the Battle
of the Bulge to the Battle of Iwo Jima, as well as moving stories
from the home front and profiles of noted leaders and heroes such
as Winston Churchill and George Patton. Editor Richard Overy guides
readers through the articles putting the events originally reported
on into historical context. The DVD givers readers access to more
day-by-day coverage of World War II in The New York Times--from the
invasion of Poland to the VJ day. Beautifully designed and illustrated
with hundreds of maps and historical photographs.
Ellison (Irene Chisnall)
January 1940 Fred Ellison joined the RAF and was sent to serve in
the Far East on 1st June 1941. On 8th March 1942 Fred was captured
as a Prisoner of War and was released on 15th September 1945. During
this time family members wrote weekly despite not knowing whether
Fred was alive from March 1942 until 30 December 1943 when his wife
Alice received a postcard notifying her that he was a POW. The letters
transcribed are the surviving letters that Fred did not tell anyone
about until he showed one to his niece Irene in the 1980s. This is
a book that Fred wished to have made for future generations to gain
an insight into what the family went through during this time.
Bussel had been a nineteen year old on a B-17 over Germany in 1944,
when his plane was shot down. He was a POW for about 13 months. The
memoir is about his wartime experiences and his subsequent decades-long
battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
the outbreak of the Second World War, during the first week of September
1939 over three million people were evacuated. Operation Pied Piper
was the largest ever transportation of people across Britain, and
most of those moved to safety in the countryside were schoolchildren.
Social historian Gillian Mawson has spent years collecting the stories
of former evacuees and this book includes the personal memories of
over 100, in their own words. Their accounts reveal what it was like
to settle into a new home with strangers, often staying for years.
While many enjoyed life in the countryside, some escaping inner-city
poverty, others endured ill-treatment and homesickness. A fascinating
insight into the realities of wartime life, and a valuable oral history
of a unique moment in British history.
years of reseach around Stalag Luft III, Ben has produced a set
of books called "The Camera Became My Passport Home" featuring
the camp, The Great Escape, The Forced March and the Liberation
book is currently a 3-volume book of 526 pages but is currently
new information about The Great Escape is found in the book including:
- tunnel construction (inclusive self-made sectional drawing) of
- the air pump
- sand disposal
- methods of connecting the bedboards to frames
- paper forging (Dean & Dawson department)
- escape clothing department
- prisoners of war involved in preparing the mass escape (many mentioned
for the first time)
- PoW ingenuity: the ability to make everything out of nothing
400 ex-PoWs are mentioned in my book
Over 500 images (photographs, maps, drawings, cartoons, ground plans)
Each set numbered and signed
Each set with glued-in card with the original signature of the main
person Charles Boyd Woehrle (now 98) and a certificate
3417 TW Montfoort
book is a collection of interviews with people who remember the Second
World War. None of them were on the front line, but some were serving
their country as Naval Wrens, one was a Royal Air Force Bomber Command
Cartographer, and one was posted at Bletchley Park, involved in the
code breaking activities there. Among the other interviewees are a
nurse who cared for the people injured in the blasts during the London
bombings. She did the best she could, with rationed supplies, working
in temporary prefabricated wards. Another contributor, Maureen, who
just a little girl at the time, will never forget a US pilot, nicknamed
'Sparky', who sacrificed his life to save her small English town.
His B-17 Bomber plane hit trouble in a storm, and he guided the stricken
plane away from the buildings before ditching it into a field where
all the bombs on board exploded, ending his life. Many of those interviewed
were children in the 1940s They remember the excitement of war, the
intrigue of the ruins, which they used as playgrounds, the horrid
smells of the gas masks, and the sounds of the air raid sirens.
War is a true story about a 17 year old boy, he lied about his age
so he could go fight for his country at the beginning of WWII.
In his interview Stephen Simpson of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
gives a warm and truthful account of the time he served on the front
As he fought his way across Europe, he saved and collected even the
smallest of artefacts, marking his life changing and life threatening
experience. It is this collection that makes soldier 2664217 more
than a number, they mattered to him, everything was important to his
journey and that is what makes this book so special.
From his original letter to enlist and notice offering to join the
army, to his release papers and all things in between; postcards,
postal dockets, photographs, letters to his future wife, even a menu
signed by his comrades on Boxing Day 1945 all give us a glimpse through
the window of history and into his teenage life.
book provides both a personal story and a deep insight into life in
the Royal Navy during the mid 20th Century. It contains fascinating
details of daily life aboard ship as well as exciting accounts of
wartime action in North Atlantic convoy duty - including the infamous
sinking of two U-boat aces "Otto Kretschmer in U-99" and
"Joachim Schepke in U-100" in a single night.
Walter Edney joined the Royal Navy in 1934 at the lowest rank: a boy
seaman. Over the next 25 years, he rose through the ranks, eventually
becoming a Commissioned Officer and the commander of HMS Fenton. To
do this he had to cross a huge class divide between "lower ranks"
and "higher ranks" and his promotion was exceptional.
This book is taken directly from his personal memoirs written based
on the detailed dairies that he kept through his life. As a result
it provides a first-hand account of Naval life as well as a warm personal
Taylor, 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, was sent to France in May
1940 as part of Calais Force. Initially sent to open up supply lines
to the rapidly retreating BEF, they soon found themselves defending
Calais against the might of the 10th Panzer Division. Outnumbered
by at least three to one they held out for 4 days until they ran out
of ammunition and were forced to surrender. For the next five years
Ted found himself part of the huge slave labour force in Poland under
the administration of Stalag XXA and Stalag XXB. Life in the POW camps
bore little resemblance to the cheerful films of the 1950s with casual
brutality never far from the surface. As 1945 began and the war entered
its final bloody phase, the POWs dared to believe that at last they
might be going home. But fate had one more cruel trick to play. As
the Russians approached rapidly from the east, the terrified Germans
evacuated the camps and, in temperatures below -25c, began marching
the malnourished, poorly-clothed POWs back across Europe. The infamous
'death marches' to freedom across the frozen, chaotic, war ravaged
landscape of Eastern Europe had begun.
book was written containing many segments by Corporal Earl E. Loughner
'written in his own words' shortly after he returned from enduring
some of the worst atrocities our soldiers experienced in the Philippines
and Japan. You will not only ‘feel’ HIS struggles but
you will get a glimpse into what his family was going through during
the time he was MIA, knowing he was a PoW and after he arrived home.
Let’s ‘walk his walk’ as we honor his memory and
recognize the date August 15, 1945 (70 years ago) when Corporal Earl
E. Loughner was released from captivity after surviving the Bataan
Death March and 3 ½ years as a PoW. You will learn what he
and his family experienced during and after WWII.
||"SARA: A Hero's Story" chronicles
the Pacific War, as it was waged by the crew of the U.S.S. Saratoga
CV-3, one of three American aircraft carriers that was not destroyed
in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While the events are historical in
content, the exploits were gleaned from the memoirs of several dozen
Saratoga veterans, including the author's father, Ralph G. Guy. The
novel is a tribute to the sacrifices of those men, who fought valiantly
against insurmountable odds to turn back the Japanese aggressors.
While the men prevailed, in the end it was the ship that was the true
hero, even after being ravaged by five Kamikazes and countless bombs
off the shores of Iwo Jima in 1945. Her ability to stay afloat due
to the heroic efforts of the crew should live in infamy. This novel,
in part, is a tribute to their sacrifice.
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