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Home Run: Escape from Nazi Europe

Home Run: Escape from Nazi Europe [Kindle Edition]

John Nichol , Tony Rennell
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'A riveting and revealing account of World War II bravery . . . I
loved it'
-- Andy McNab, author of Bravo Two Zero

'Gripping, moving and thoughtful. The excellent team of Nichol and
Rennell have done it again' -- Patrick Bishop, author of Fighter Boys

`Such humanity . . . a proficient and sensitive account of the
best and worst of human behaviour under unbearable pressure'
-- Saturday Telegraph

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Throughout the Second World War, thousands found themselves cut off behind the lines in Nazi-occupied Europe — soldiers were left stranded on beaches after the chaotic evacuation of Dunkirk, airmen flying operations against the Germans were blasted out of the sky by flak and fighters. They were alone and on the run in enemy territory with just one goal — to get back to Britain and to safety.

Some made solitary treks through hundreds of miles of enemy territory, others attempted precarious sea crossings in stolen boats. Many placed their lives in the hands of brave civilians who risked the wrath of a brutal regime if they dared to offer assistance. Life for the evaders hung in the balance and if they were to survive they had to rely on guile and sheer luck.John Nichol and Tony Rennell tell the dramatic story of the heroes who made it home . . . and those who did not.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2137 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (15 Mar 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9QAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Flight Lieutenant John Nichol - Biography

During 15 years service in the Royal Air Force John Nichol served as a technician and, after being commissioned from the ranks, as a Tornado Navigator in both the Air Defence and Ground Attack roles. On active duty in the Gulf he was shot down on the first low-level, daylight raid of the first Gulf War. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on television provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict. He returned to active duty and was involved in policing the exclusion zone as part of the UN force maintaining the fragile peace in Bosnia. He has served around the world from the Nevada Desert to the Middle East and Norway to the Falkland Islands.

John is the best-selling author of Tornado Down, five novels, and the highly acclaimed WWII history books, The Last Escape, Tail-End Charlies and Home Run. He is in demand to give motivational lectures and after-dinner speeches and has worked with wide variety of businesses including BT, Shell, Lloyds Bank and The Stockholm School of Economics.

He has written for The Times, The Mail on Sunday and The Observer and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs. He has also been a consultant and presenter for Newsnight, BBC, Sky & ITV News, World in Action, CNN and Cutting Edge. He devised and presented 2 series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life changing experiences. He recently wrote two major series for the Sunday Express, Heroes and Survivors. John's latest book, Medic!, charts the astonishing and deeply moving story of military medics from the WW2 beaches of Dunkirk to the desert towns of Afghanistan today.

John is a member of The Royal British Legion's Gulf War Group helping veterans with Gulf War Syndrome and a patron of the British Ex-service Wheelchair Sports Association. He is also a very poor golfer.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book! 28 April 2007
If you are interested in the Second World War, then I promise you that here is one title you will not want to miss!

This exciting and often very moving volume provides the reader with hours of excellent reading and a fascinating insight into the world of escape and evasion in wartime Europe, where no less than a quarter of a million allied soldiers, sailors and airmen found themselves in captivity following failing to be evacuation at Dunkirk or after being shot down during bombing raids over enemy held territory. Amazingly between 3000 and 5000 of these men actually managed to avoid capture, remained free and many remarkably made it back to Britain to "fight another day" too. This is their story!

John Nichol - one of the co-authors of this excellent book, is no stranger to being on the run in enemy territory - whilst serving as a member of the crew of a RAF Tornado during the First Gulf War, he was "shot down", subsequently captured and became a Prisoner of War, therefore he is able to relate to those brave men of sixty years ago and is suitably qualified to co-write this volume.

Pain-staking research, wading through massive amounts of archive material together with the collation of many eye witness accounts has resulted in a publication that not only explains how allied servicemen found themselves behind enemy lines in the first-place, but continues to cover tales of sheer determination and cunning evasion also. It recalls acts of extraordinary heroism amongst the ordinary men, women and sometimes the children of occupied France, Belgium and Holland, who risked their lives and those of their families and friends in operating safe houses and setting up escape routes to bring our boys back to safety.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rollercoaster ride! 12 April 2008
I am not one who normally undertakes writing a review, but having read this book I felt compelled to put 'pen to paper'. The book describes how allied servicemen caught in occupied Europe during the Second World War turned evader in trying to return to England, in short scoring a 'home run' against the Germans and their allies.

The book is compelling, riveting and your emotions sway at the turn of each page. You will undergo the exhilaration and relief of the service men evading capture and 'experience',through eyewitness statements the tension and fear of those who helped the evaders home. The testimonies in this book are as raw sixty-five years on as if they had been written in the immediate aftermath of the war. As a generation we forget that some service personnel and their civillian helpers are still living the hell that was the Second World War. This book reminds us of that and serves as a tribute to their unstinting courage and fortitude in the face of adversity which included incarceration in the concentration camps.

Unquestionably one of the best books I have ever read. Insomniacs be prepared for more sleepless nights if you read this book at bedtime!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good exploration of the escape system 2 May 2007
Following the recent genre of retelling history through the words and recollections of those who were there, this book adds further quality information to the WW2 researcher and particularly to the battlefield professional. It carefully examines the aftermath of battle in the air for the large number of allied aircrew who were taken prisoner and who made the courageous decision to escape. How they evaded capture and for many how they eventually made it back to Britain is skilfully examined. It is not a list of the escapes or a reference book but it adds colour and personal detail to the escapers and how they survived. Also how their `helpers' in occupied Europe risked all to assist them. A very readable book in a narrative style with pace and drama.

Mike McCarthy
Editor, "The Battle Guide"
Guild of Battlefield Guides
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 6 Oct 2008
Being young and having only briefly covered WWII in history class back in my high school days i knew very little about it, other than the well known facts. That being until i read this book. Not only do you get detailed accounts of evaders but also of missions and events going on at the time. I now found myself contributing the knowledge into conversations. Some of the stories make you feel very proud and try and think of ways you can give people the same feeling when reading your biography in 60 years! By far the best book i have read this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Run 13 Jun 2010
By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Home Run is an enthralling and exciting account of the stranded allied soldiers and shot-down airmen who attempted the long and perilous journey back to Britain from Nazi occupied Europe and the people who tried to help them. It is not just highly readable but is rivetting and I defy you put it down once you have scanned a few pages. It reads more like a thriller than a documentary account. The truth in war is truly more astounding than any fiction. Their sheer persistance and their drive never to give up and to get back to blighty is really impressive and even more impressive is the committment shown by the civilians who risked their lives and that of their families to assist them. A superb book and a must-get for anyone interested in the second world war.

David Rowland
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Published 2 months ago by Glyn Wiltshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story-telling that demonstrates a response to adversity
It was an unfortunate fact of war that Allied airmen would have a roughly equal chance of being shot down on a sortie as they had of returning home completely unscathed and without... Read more
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Published 3 months ago by martin buckingham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with personal stories and anecdote's not normally heard...
A great read with personal stories and anecdote's not normally heard regardingWW2. It moves from various areas of Europe and dealing with the fugitive's from Dunkirk to POWs to the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vulcanalia
5.0 out of 5 stars What a purchase
Bought this book second hand through marketplace at a really good price! Excellent read of great interest to anybody studying WW2 especially the subject of `Evaders`,
Published 9 months ago by S. C. Tipler
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
I like non-fiction books and this one is well-researched. It's an interesting look at part of the war that has been neglected.
Published 19 months ago by L. J. McQuillin
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Run
A fantastic read, very difficult to put down once started, many brilliant accounts of escapes and evasions.I would highly reccommend this book if WW2 is of interest to you.
Published 20 months ago by BurtonBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars a riveting and moving read
Although born a dozen or so years after the war, I have always felt a connection with WW2. As a child I used to read every true second world war escape story I could get hold of... Read more
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