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A Long Way Home - One POW's story of escape and evasion during World War II
 
 

A Long Way Home - One POW's story of escape and evasion during World War II [Kindle Edition]

Charles Granquist
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The son of a World War I veteran, Charles Granquist was 17 when war was declared with Germany in 1939. He lied about his age, joined the infantry and was sent to Egypt. Like so many other young men at the time, Granquist did not know what to expect. All he really cared about was doing his duty and serving his country. He never even contemplated his chances of becoming a prisoner of war.

Captured by the Germans in Greece, Granquist was determined to continue carrying the war to his captors “any way I could”. In his memoir, A Long Way Home, he describes his shame at becoming a POW and how he believed he had failed himself, his mates and as a soldier. He orchestrated a remarkable five escape attempts, all of which ended unsuccessfully. Yet Charles refused to give up, determined to fulfil his duty as an Aussie Digger and make his own small contribution to the war effort. His story takes the reader on the rollercoaster of escape, recapture and 196 days of solitary confinement before his eventual return home with his Russian war bride.

Granquist’s account of his wartime experiences adds another important chapter to the story of Australian World War II POWs, while showcasing the spirit, humour, persistence and ingenuity expected of an Aussie Digger. A Long Way Home is tribute to one veteran’s spirit and the mateship he still holds so dear today.

There is one thing that a POW learns very quickly and that is only four things matter for survival. They are food, water, shelter and clothing. The absence of any of those essentials makes life very precarious. Having them all allows you to exist, but there is one other thing that makes such an existence bearable: mateship. It shines like a beacon through the gloom. It provides the strength to battle on and survive till the sun shines again. To all my old mates, most of whom have since left this earth for that big Stalag somewhere – Thank you! I think of you often with reverence.
Charles Granquist

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1376 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Big Sky Publishing (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JBHP6O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story 13 Jan 2014
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A most enlightening and moving account of what must have been an harrowing and lengthy experience. Ther must be other stories like this yet to be written or published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 12 Jan 2014
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Excellent read I don't think it's possible to ever read enough of these brave men's wartime stories and the hardships they endured
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By harry
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very good read . held me spellbound and not wanting to put book down..my cups of tea were always getting cold
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5.0 out of 5 stars I COULD FEEL MYSELF BACK THERE AGAIN 30 July 2013
By Boris
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Having served in the jungles of the Far East for three years this book took me back and brought home my personal experiences and the horrors of those who went before me albeit not so long ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story 10 Jan 2013
By JAD
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This book was hard to put down. The story of Charles Granquist, an Australian teen-ager who after voluteering for the army in 1939 is sent halfway around the world to fight the Italians in Northern Africa, then getting sent to Greece to help defend the country and encountering the German invasion of Greece and his subsequent capture and ordeal as a prisoner of war. The last half of his book reveals his many escape attempts from his prison camp in Austria, including being recaptured in Italy and Slovenia. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good easy read 4 April 2014
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A well documented read of life in WW2 serving his country & the perils faced. Covers his duties in North Africa, Middle East &Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Courage 18 Mar 2014
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Brilliant
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy to read and quite a well written eye opener. Would recommend it to anybody interested in World War II
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Way Home 17 Mar 2014
By Barbry
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This book really brings home the privations of a prisoner of war during WW2 as well as the companionship among the POWs and the importance of friendship for men bereft of family and normal life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book.
This author had a very interesting life which he tells in a matter of fact way. An obviously very decent man who tells his life story as it was, no frills.
Published 1 month ago by Robruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a great read would i great read even if you have seen the movie and would recommend it
Published 1 month ago by Derek Linney
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy reading and very informative
This book reminded me very much of the stories told by an old neighbour of
Mine who was also a prisoner of war. Read more
Published 1 month ago by trebuh relknit
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Excellent title.
This is a book that all youngsters should be encouraged to read. If these young men had not given their lives to this war, where would we all be today.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Marjorie M. Hannam
5.0 out of 5 stars good on you mate
Well written from the heart and a very believable story. I fully recommend this book to all readers of non fiction.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Below averrage.
Poorly written with too much detail missing from each escape. This guy escapes camps six times and very little is described in detail, some escape stories are less than a page in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve Daine
3.0 out of 5 stars Simply told story
Interesting account of one man's experiences of his war and being a POW for so long. Simply told and a very easy quick read.
Published 2 months ago by Jen and Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
From start to finish I really enjoyed this book.
It's very well written with a touch of Aussie humour.
Superb
Published 2 months ago by John Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!
very few experience even one of the extreme trauma's that this man experienced and he had to endure everything that man can do to another and still come home. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NJ
4.0 out of 5 stars very easy read
you feel part of the story, worth reading as a very good insight to what it was like, enjoyable read
Published 2 months ago by Joanne Berry
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