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Saturday at M.I.9: History of Underground Escape Lines in N.W.Europe in 1940-45 Paperback – 10 Aug 1989

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; New edition edition (10 Aug. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586203419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586203415
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first inside story of the underground escape lines in occupied North-West Europe which brought back to Britain over 4000 Allied servicemen during World War II. This is the personal account of Airey Neave who was the chief organizer at MI9 for the last two years of the War.

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This is probably the very best book I have ever read. Not only is it beautifully written but the craftsmanship of it is the best I have seen. It is compelling reading, difficult to put down, and all the more praiseworthy because it is fact, and not fiction. Specially recommended for female readers as women feature so prominently, and impressively. in it
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An incredible account of a neglected aspect of the war in many respects. I was drawn to this account because of my interest in the 'great' British traitor, Harold Cole. Airey Neave refers to his treachery and gives an insightful account of his own role in organising the British agents and escape routes. Heave himself had escaped Colditz but plays down his heroism. It is a tragedy that he was subsequently murdered by the IRA. A compelling read.
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The author conveniently follows on from the story of his escape from Colditz.and to think that there is still another book covering his war time experiences !
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f6597c8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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By B. Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After his experiences at Dunkirk and in "They Have Their Exits" about his escape from Colditz, Airey Neave worked at MI9 in a small section dedicated to supporting escape lines run by resistance groups in Europe. The book chronicles the history of several escape lines to Britain (principally used by downed airmen), most of which ended in the arrest of the principles and many other people by the Gestapo, with torture and execution typically following, if not a sentence to a concentration camp. The resistance did this work at great risk as their sense of duty to the war effort, or their way to fight the Nazis. The escape lines were typically broken up by traitors in the employ of the Gestapo who posed as escaping Allied airmen. Neave documents the actions of the most hated traitors and what happened to them in the end.
There is a bibliography of 10 sources, and this book has probably 10 more references to other books on the same subject in the footnotes (which look great!).
Note: I think this book first appeared under the title "Escape Room" in 1969. My edition of "Saturday" is a paperback published in 1989. I bought Escape Room in hard back form. It has lots of pictures and some maps, whereas "Saturday" does not. However "Saturday" has a unique section called "Aftermath" which details the fate of traitors to the escape lines, most of whom were apprehended and executed.
HASH(0x9066def0) out of 5 stars Can teach WWII history to folks who were children at ... 17 Oct. 2014
By LaVerne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Can teach WWII history to folks who were children at that time and never knew some of the truths about that time.
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HASH(0x906cb540) out of 5 stars the escape room 26 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
i havent read this book but i used all the information from the cover in a report and i wrote it down in the bibliography
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