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Captured at Arnhem by Norman Hicks

Pegasus Archive review: Having volunteered for the Airborne Forces in 1942, Tom Hicks was posted to the 1st Parachute Squadron, part of the 1st Parachute Brigade, and served with them throughout the North African campaign, then at Sicily, Italy and Arnhem. The broader story of the Brigade in these actions is well known, yet it often completely overshadows the important activities of its sappers, so it is very welcome to read a lucid, and often humorous account, which focuses solely on their experiences. Wounded and taken prisoner at Arnhem, Hicks spent the remainder of the war at a German lead mine; an exhausting and dangerous job, and certainly one of the least appealing places to which a POW could be sent to work. Here his narrative changes from a recollection of events years later to quoting verbatim from the almost daily diary which he kept almost from the moment of his capture until his arrival back in the UK in April 1945. Price: 25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Captured-at-Arnhem-Hardback/p/4183

 

Stalag Luft I: The POW Camp for Air Force Personnel 1940-1945

Pegasus Archive: This official history of Stalag Luft I was compiled by the War Office immediately after the war, and is an invaluable and very through record of both the officers and NCO's compounds; describing the general layout and conditions to be found in each. Although there are a great many aspects to life as a prisoner of war, the book is concerned above all else with the subject of escape, and goes to considerable lengths to describe the organisation of the escape committee, and the mechanisms behind the planning of break-outs and the acquisition of all the necessary tools, not just for getting out of the camp but of sustaining the escapers in the world beyond; including food, compasses, clothing, maps, and forged documents. The book describes in detail, often in the words of those who carried them out, a very great number of escape attempts and their very diverse methods, which ranged from the engineering complexities of digging and keeping secret the many tunnels, to simply walking out of the main gate as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Price: 25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Stalag-Luft-I-Hardback/p/13930

 

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