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Moonless Night: The Second World War Escape Epic Paperback – 15 Jul 2002


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; New edition edition (15 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085052900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850529005
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Squadron Leader Jimmy James survived captivity against all the odds. Now retired, he lives at Ludlow, Shropshire

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Buckmaster on 15 Mar 2009
I bought this book because I wanted to know about my grandfather who was in the Great Escape (he gets a few mentions). At first I found it a bit slow but soon got absorbed into it. In the early days of the war, the officers of the allies behaved like boysterous schoolboys and the Germans were generally polite given the circumstances. As the war continues the ingenuity of the escapers develops, seemingly boundlessly, and the attitudes of the Germans hardens. You will need a strong stomach for some of the scenes in the concentration camps towards the end of the book. The ending is extraodinary - almost surreal: it would beat any fiction! I enjoyed the book because I felt I could appreciate what it was like to have lived through those experiences and I found the appendices to be very informative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc H. Stevens on 7 April 2011
The review title just about says it all. Not only did Jimmy James spend almost 5 years as a POW, but he escaped countless times. After being one of the "lucky" 23 recaptured from The Great Escape NOT to be murdered by the Nazis, he was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, and he ESCAPED from there!!!

This is the seemingly incredible tale of a man who simply will not accept life behind barbed wire, and does everything humanly possible to escape, over and over again, without regard to his own personal safety.

As the author of a book about another POW escaper ('Escape, Evasion and Revenge, The True Story of a German-Jewish RAF Pilot Who Bombed Berlin and Became a POW', a biography of my father), my extensive research showed me that Jimmy James was probably the greatest escaper of the war. A man without fear. In fact, he was one of very few RAF officers (including my father) to be awarded the Military Cross for extreme bravery on the GROUND.

Moonless Night is an amazing true story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EmmEff on 14 Dec 2013
I agree with the above reviews but after I finished the book I found myself wondering how this guy remembered so many names. Especially towards the end, I felt that he must have written this after much researching to be such a prolific name dropper. A good read though - makes you realise what these guys went through.
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