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Thompson's Lucky Star: The Story of a Stalag Survivor [Kindle Edition]

Tony Thompson , Brendan Gisby
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When Corporal George Thompson of The Buffs was walking to freedom from Stalag IVB after the camp's liberation in April 1945, he most probably stopped for a moment, looked up at the sky and thanked his lucky star again. That star had kept him alive through five long years of war, the last eighteen brutal months of which he had spent as a prisoner-of-war.

As he passed through the huge, intimidating gates of the camp for the last time, George carried with him some mementoes from his time in captivity, among them a very small, dog-eared notebook. The notebook was George’s prisoner-of-war diary, which he had begun the day after he was taken prisoner and in which he had made the final entry on the day of his liberation.

Reproducing the actual diary entries and supplementing them with information drawn from published accounts of the progress of the War, THOMPSON'S LUCKY STAR tells the harrowing and courageous story of George’s captivity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147006748X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ME8CDO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brendan Gisby was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, halfway through the 20th century, and was brought up just along the road in South Queensferry (the Ferry) in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Bridge. He and his long-suffering wife and muse, Alison, presently live in splendid isolation in the wilds of Strathearn in Scotland.

Retiring from a business career in 2007, Brendan has devoted himself to writing. To date, he has published three novels, three biographies and several short story collections, details of all of which can be viewed on this site.

Brendan is also the founder of McStorytellers (http://mcstorytellers.weebly.com), a website which showcases the work of Scottish-connected short story writers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime 22 Oct 2012
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This is a good read of one man's wartime experience as a prisoner of war interspersed by details of what was actually happening at the time in the war and relating it to POW camp and telling how it was inside and exactly what news managed to get through to the men.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A documentary... 13 July 2012
By IntensiveCareNurse TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I purchased this book having been quite impressed by other stories by Brendan Gisby.
It is basically a short documentary that expands upon a very basic & starkly written diary penned by a British prisoner of war in a German Stalag WWII POW camp.
It is written in a documentary style, which whilst in no way typical of Mr Gisby's more usually colourful hand, seems highly necessary due to the fact that Corporal Thompson revealed so little about himself personally within the diary from which the book is constructed.
The text therefore makes few assumptions in elaborating upon the character's diary entries, but does manage to expand greatly upon them via historical research and (towards the end) via reference to Mr Thompsons later post-war life.
It does give a slightly more 2-dimensional perspective upon the WWII POW experience than the norm, which I think is down to the neccesity of documenting things in a very matter of fact way occasioned by a limited insight into actual diarised events.
A product of an association between Mr Gisby & a Mr Thompson (possibly a relative of the books' hero), Gisby's usually insightful & vibrant character studies appear quite reasonably absent due to the importance of retaining a documentary style. I also suspect that Mr Gisby's sum knowledge of the hero as an individual was most likely gleaned from the co-author & diary alone. Having said all of that, I am however unsure as to the extent of his involvement comparitivelty to the (seemingly first-named) co-author, Mr Thompson. It could well be that Gisby is not the presiding author of this work.
It was however an enjoyable & insightful read and (I believe) was the best that it could have possibly been given the raw evidence upon which it was constructed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Telling story of POWs WW11 24 Mar 2012
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This is a very touching story based on diary entries of Corporal George Thompson. It gives details of his personal responses to the awful conditions he had to bear. It also lets us see how patient in tribulation he and so many of comrades were. It was an eye-opener for me. I've seen films based on prison of war camps but these didn't show the full horror these poor men suffered. Thompson also records some of the even more appalling treatment the Russians and Italians suffered at the hands of the Germans. It's well worth a read of this novella. I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 26 Jun 2013
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I did enjoy this book up to a point, but it was not a patch on the excellent story told by Alexander Urquart in "The Forgotten Highlander"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part autobiographical memoir, part history book, all awesome 16 July 2012
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on Amazon.com
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George Thompson thought he was lucky having survived combat during World War II. He was even luckier to survive 18 months as a prisoner of war in the German stalags. When his camp was finally liberated by Russian soldier, he had to depend on that luck once again, in order to transition himself back into a normal life. During his time as a prisoner, George kept a journal, giving us a first person account of the hellish conditions in the stalags.

I have always heard that writers should write what they know. It would seem to reason, then, that Brendan Gisby knows that his family, like all families, is full of amazing stories that many people would love to know. So, that is what Brendan often writes. And when he does, it is brilliant and moving. Even though George's journal reveals very little about his personal life, Brendan, and George's son Tony, have taken the transcripts of this journal and given it historical context.

While the book does have a more reserved, documentary tone, it is an excellent first hand account of just how terrible the POW camps were. Weeks without food, lack of warm clothing, illness, death. Horrors surrounded the prisoners. And yet George bravely takes it in stride. While he comments on the existence of such hardships, he never seems to complain very much. It seems to me that he maintains and amazingly brave and positive attitude, despite being a prisoner for well over a year.

Because of it's short length, the book was a quick read, but one packed full of intense information. History buffs will greatly appreciate this unique look into prisoner of war camps. The book could also be a fantastic educational supplement to high school and college history courses or units covering the end of World War II. All in all, I found this to be a tremendously interesting book, part autobiographical memoir, part history book, all awesome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thompson's Lucky Star 27 Feb 2014
By C. Yates - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book about prison life during WWII in different German camps. George started writing his diary right when he got to the prison and continued it until he was freed and took it home with him. If anyone knows war prisons this man does in his diary. He writes matter-of-fact without a lot of sentiment regarding day to day life for him and the other men. As bad as life is for him he empathizes with his fellow prisoners, especially the Soviets who get no extras and actually no bare minimum due to not having signed a treaty that gave them access to Red Cross packages..George would give them parts of his hoping they would survive. One of his prized possessions was a box made for him by a fellow prisoner with whom he shared food. After being released from the camp George was still in poor health and had surgeries and hospitalizations due to rigors of prison life.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants a first-hand knowledge of the life as a prisoner in WWII. My book was downloaded on my Kindle from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great personal war story 29 July 2013
By Chris Cennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must read for students of WW2. It brings to light one man's struggle with the horrors of war.
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