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The Tartan Pimpernel

The Tartan Pimpernel [Kindle Edition]

Donald Caskie , was born at Bowmore, Islay in 1902 , Caskie Donald Caskie
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'More thrilling than any adventure story' - The Scotsman

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Donald Caskie was a minister of the Scots Kirk in Paris at the time of German invasion of France in 1940. Although he had the opportunity to flee, Caskie stayed behind to help establish a network of safe houses and escape routes for allied soldiers and airmen trapped in occupied territory. He was finally sentenced to death at a Nazi show-trial.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YP95YE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Donald Caskie was the minister of the Scots church in Paris when the Germans invaded. Despite an initial attempt to return home, Caskie spent the war years working in the Seamans' mission in Marseilles from where it is estimated that he organised the return to the UK of some 2000 men via the Pyrennees, Spain and Gibraltar.
Caskie tells his story calmly and unemotionally. A typical Highlander, you imagine him sitting by his fireside - dram in hand - as this extraordinary tale unfolds.
Occasionally you would be forgiven for thinking you were reading the plot for 'Allo, 'Allo! Caskie's continual game of hide and seek with the Vichy police, the lengths that locals go to to make sure he has enough food and coal, and the dealings with Arab clothes traders all raise a smile.
But this isn't a comedy. Men die, traitors are uncovered and Caskie himself faces death as a British agent.
Caskie is of course devout. He has an uncanny sixth sense. He is also a native Gaelic speaker and keeps a detailed log of information in Gaelic. "Who but the Lord and the minister of the Scots Church would have the Gaelic in France during WWII" he says. This vital information is passed on to London via well known agents.
Don't be put off by the name or the dreadful tartan hat on the cover!! This book should be part of your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 25 Nov 2008
This is one of my favourite books. Donald Caskie's memoir of his time in wartime France is an amazing tale which reflects the hardships of the occupation and the tremendous courage of the author. I have read it twice myself and I'm about to buy a copy for my brother-in-law to read over Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humbling 11 Nov 2013
By Colin
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I was given this book as a 21st birthday present from my Godmother as I was christened by Caskie.

whilst not knowing the man, I am humbled and touched by his account and of the deeds and experiences of those involved, I thou roughly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courage and belief 25 Aug 2013
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Although I am by no means a religious Person, I loved this book. Donald Caskie is the Kind of man you expect a priest to be. What he lived through and what he did, is amazing. I often wander how I would react in such a hard time as under the Nazi occupation in WWII. Withought hate, but with wit and unbelievable quiet Courage, this Scot helped and consoled and saw good in the most evil times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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amazing story
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Certainly not particularly well written and its value derives from the authors placement as a Kirk minister in France in 1940. My interest was in my Mother's connexion with the Rev D Caskie although he avoids naming her referring to her aa a young woman.

The book was to raise funds for the Scottish church in Paris not as great literature and the events are interesting enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable man . 9 Feb 2014
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Great book and very humbling to read what this man did to help escapees during the war . A true saint .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scots minister in wartime France 2 Nov 2013
By Cilla
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An interesting tale of religious belief overcoming severe adversity. The story should be of great interest to the religious of all persuations
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I thoroughly recommend this book by Donald Caskie. He epitomised the very best in Christian love for his fellow men.
Published 9 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be forgotten
This is a description of how people rise to the occasion of need when everything seems hopeless. It is a book that should never be forgotten, and younger generations should e... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A hero of faith
I first read this book when I was at Primary School and having just finished reading it for a second time many years later it is still a wonderful read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris, Renfrewshire
4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable man and a well written book.
What an understated person this chap was. A hero and well worthy of public recognition. Very well written and interesting book.
Published 13 months ago by Mr P.W.Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I first read this book many years ago and enjoyed reading it again, a remarkable man who did amazingly brave things to help others in WW2 France, excellent.
Published 21 months ago by Elynot
5.0 out of 5 stars Donald Caskie - The Tartan Pimpernel - "He exchanged his cassock for...
"In 1940, Dr. Donald Caskie was Minister of the Scottish Kirk in Paris. When the Germans invaded France, he stayed to organise the escape of British civilians but soon found... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Hereward
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
well worth getting this book it was very informative on a subject i was studying .................recommend to anyone with sameinterestThe Tartan Pimpernel
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