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Our Chances Were Zero: The Daring Escape by Two German POW's from India in 1942 [Hardcover]

Rolf Magener
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1 Aug 2001
The Author, a German National, was interned by the British at Dehra Dun in India. In 1942, he and a colleague, Heins von Have escaped and, posing as British officers, began an epic journey across India and into Burma, where they crossed the front line. Surrendering themselves to the Japanese, they came within an ace of execution as spies. After exhaustive questioning by the feared Secret Police they were eventually sent to Japan. This almost unbelievable story is true. Their bravery and resilience in the face of extraordinary adversity makes this an adventure story of major proportions. Their chances of survival, let alone success, were indeed, zero.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (1 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850528445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850528442
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,055,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rolf Magener was working in India at the outbreak of WW2. After his extraordinary escape he finished up in Japan where he was forced to remain until 1947. Thereafter he pursued a highly successful career with the German electrical giant BASF. He died in 2000.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Different 24 Nov 2013
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Holds the readers interest all the way through, again written style that seems to be vanishing , its subject matter is that of the actual experience of the people involved in the first tense as opposed to someone writing it for the sake of writing.

The detail is fascinating and nature of the events very unusual.

Its a very different perspective on the usual escape themed books, probably what makes it so enjoyable.

Would definitely recommend it to the person who likes an adventure book, but also to the history enthusiast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Variation on a Theme 20 April 2014
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A very interesting and captivating (no pun intended), well told. It gets a bit thin towards the end - I would have liked just a bit more detail about their life in Japan and how they eventually returned to Germany, plus perhaps a bit of an epilogue on their feelings after having arrived there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War looked at from a different perspective 25 Mar 2014
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A really interesting read from the German . Casting a light on the psychic nature of the Japanese in war. An enthralling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 27 Feb 2014
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Loved this book, I couldn't put it down, a great adventure and view of Asia at war and of the good and bad of human nature
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3.0 out of 5 stars A long read! 13 Aug 2014
By Alan G
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A very interesting book, but for me it dragged on and I found it hard going. The beginning was reasonably free flowing, but the further it went the harder it was to keep reading. I did, though, as I thought it was the least I could do when I had been reading about their persistence! Difficult to recommend because of this, but an interesting story nevertheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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good
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very unusual escape saga. 11 Jun 2014
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The ongoing backdrop descriptions of the areas passed through were brilliantly described. The ups and downs of survival were many and varied, the human foibles associated with just coexistence were entertaining.
Worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written, astounding true story 1 Jun 2014
By EJN
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I don't know if Magener wrote this in English or if it was translated for him, it doesn't matter which because the prose is poetic and the story quite gripping.

The main thrust of the story is the escape of two German civilians from an internment camp in India and their journey to freedom in Japan. The journey is covered in great detail, but the stay in Japan is covered in just a few pages. I think that's a shame, but India and Burma are wonderfully described.

Strongly recommended.
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