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Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees Kindle Edition
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The book is logically divided into chapters about the different types of people using these escape lines; downed pilots, Jews, children, résistance fighters, etc. Stourton effectively uses the memoirs of individuals to evocatively describe the escape lines, routes, procedures and subsequent adventures of escaping to and through the Pyrenees.
The book is a well written page turner and it's evident a lot of research has been done by the author. I like that it's written using personal stories and anecdotes rather than as a straight history book as this makes it much easier to relate to. However, this does mean that the complicity of Vichy France & Franco Spain in assisting the Nazis is not deeply challenged, a little too sympathetic?
A Highly recommendable book, full of adventurous true tales, real heroes and heroines.
Edward Stourton is a well known presenter on TV and knows how to put the information over and you are aware that he has been there in the area for considerable time before writing the book. In many ways the stories illustrate the resilience of the human spirit and on the other hand the cruelty that can be delivered as well. At the end of the day you wonder as you read the book, How would 'I' have reacted in the same situation?.
In some ways the saddest fact is that one nation could be so divided within itself. If you are interested in this aspect of the last war in France you will find this a very informative book.
in short a book of escapes, evasions, loss, and hope, as well as betrayl. A great bedtime read
Those who were involved, the escapees and those who helped them, were all at risk of losing their lives if identified, found or exposed. Other than the Allied military personnel, those who assisted in these escapes were many and various. Some were members of an underground movement, all were anti-nazi and included individuals of many nationalities and a few Germans. For any route, there may well have been numerous stages some of which may have been based upon arrival at a specified location before being guided, sometimes in groups, over the final stages of a journey although others were mostly accompanied by a guide for most stages. These journeys could have started or finished at any time of year and in all weathers, some of the winters being extraordinarily harsh. Many were ill-equipped for their journeys and the final cross-Pyrenees stages were most taxing for those unused to Alpine-style climbing or the environment.
Most of these stories involve French, Belgian, Dutch and Spaniards, the latter mostly Basques whose responsibility was the final leg crossing the Pyrenees. Some of these stories are well-known, including that of Airey Neave, and a few others that I had read elsewhere or seen referred to in some documentary or other, and others far less so and possibly told here in detail for the first time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me the book was too involved with characters during the war. Abook more for men.
I was hoping fir a story as to how the people crossed from one place to another as I... Read more
Very detailed story, found it hard going, more about names and personalities than interesting exploits.
Ended up in charity bag.
A very interesting account of some of the war activities in FrancePublished 11 months ago by j.b.hazeldine
I didn't realize when I ordered this book that it was a series of events taken from other books. It's a good read though.Published 12 months ago by Val Read
Only covers the town of Aulus. I would have liked to know about the actual setting for I may not have bought the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Emma Chelles
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