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Escape to Freedom: An Airman's Tale of Capture, Escape and Evasion Hardcover – 22 Jan 2002

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; First Edition edition (22 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850528941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850528947
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,364,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Johnson's experiences started off with a familiar tale of joining up...but his later experiences, although echoing those of some of other RAF airmen, were at times difficult to read because of the horrors they contain. However, the book was able to be written because of his survival instinct and his willingness to tell his story. Thank you.
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A well written account of the author's all too brief experiences as a member of a bomber crew, his subsequent incarceration, and for me the best part of the book, his description of the death march in 1945.
The exploits of my parents generation in WW2 never cease to amaze me.
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Just finished reading this excellent and well written book. Easy and compulsive reading, with a wealth of detail without being overbearing or 'heavy'. Tony Johnson gives an unbiased account of his time as a POW in Germany - neither demonising or sanitising events, but just telling it 'as it was'.

A relatively unassuming account of what, in reality, was a very stoic and quite brave attempt of an extremely young (19-21) man, caught up in the horror of war, to adapt to a life of adversity in the various POW camps, attempting to stay alive and, if possible, make a successful escape.

As well as being an excellent account of his experiences - quite a feat of memory (though I expect that some of the events described would be etched into memory for life) - the background detail has obviously been extremely well researched, in supplying accurate information about squadron operations and loses, and details and locations about the POW camps in which he was incarcerated.

Though clearly not in reality a laughing matter - especially to those killed or injured - the story about someone dropping a cigarette into the sceptic tank at one of the camps cannot be other than highly amusing! The attendant explosion demolishing the latrine hut, much to the surprise and consternation of the incumbents, and covering the nearby POWs with something other than glory, is described with the type of black humour that probably helped POWs survive those difficult and trying times.

Having read several books relating to POW camps, escape and evasion, I can say that this one ranks with the best of them, in being an honest and interesting personal account, and can be recommended.

It would have been good to find out if the nastier of the camp Commandants and guards mentioned eventually received their just deserts, but I guess that finding out such information may well be impossible, regardless of any amount of research.
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Its a book that follows a common theme about evasion, capture and eventually escape. Its very well written with moments of humour and despair, I have nothing but admiration for the author and highly reccomend this book.
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It's amazing what slot of our young men went through in WW2. Slot of the POW tales are those of the officers only, so it's good to read an NCOs story as well. Well written book giving alot of the detail of daily life as an airman, escaper and POW. Worth reading
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They send you off in a Wellington with little hope of finding the target, you do and then a shell puts an end to your return flight. They capture you, put you in a cage and eventually you manage to escape but end up in a war zone. Would you do that, well Tony did and survived to tell the tale. Read it you'll enjoy it.
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a great story.of british p.o.w. .well written a thoroughly engoyable book.would reccomend it to all ,who like p.o.w. stories
brilliant
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Tony's book is one of hope for the future and shows why we should never forget the past.

To be in a prisoner of war camp and get the dreaded Dear John letter (you'll have to read the book to see what results)

He shows the enlisted person's perspective.

Tony Johnson is held in high regard by the other survivors of the "Caterpillar" Club and has been consulted by various author's and television companies. So they obviously like his book and him as a person.

And yes I am fortunate to be able to call him a friend. But that doesn't mean that I have given him a biased review.

Just read the book and make your own mind up.
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