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Escaping from the Kaiser: The Dramatic Experiences of a Tommy Pow Hardcover – 30 Aug 2014

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  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (30 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473821940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473821941
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Born in 1893 Herbert Tustin joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1912. After his successful escape he was commissioned and sent to South Africa. He became a teacher. He died in 1939 of cancer. Richard Corr is the Author's grandson. He lives on the Isle of Dogs.

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A well written and very different slant on First World War experiences, and one usually overlooked among the many descriptions of trench warfare. The escape proved quite an adventure for the author, but the background story describes the harsh conditions for POWs in Germany during the Great War. It also offers a possible explanation why, during my research into the names on the local war memorial, a couple are recorded as having died as POWs.
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This is a brilliantly written WW1 memoire of Private HW Tustin (" Tutty") who suddenly found himself, in April 1915, being hurried from the safe confines of Bede College Durham as a student teacher , into the hell that was the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Boetleer Farm was right at the very tip of the Salient and therefore one of the most lethal places to enter the trenches for the first time. Within a week of arriving in Belgium, Tutty was a POW. The description of his 18 months near Munster is detailed and fascinating. The book continues with his subsequent escape with a fellow prisoner and the long and dangerous journey back to the North-East of England and back to his beloved Sybil. My wife's grandfather was a friend of Tutty's , a fellow student at Bede College and Private in 8th DLI. I am so pleased that Tutty's grandson and Pen & Sword have combined to publish this memoire. A superb historical account.
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I'm not normally into war stories but knowing the grandson of the author and hearing his tale of how the book came together made me want to give it a go. Wow. I'm really glad I did.

The descriptions of the prison camp was very interesting - all of the different nationalities represented, their different cultural influences on the camp, and their efforts to communicate with each other, and the very different experiences of the prisoners depending on what jobs and tasks they had, etc.

The escape through the German countryside itself was incredible. I knew that they had slept during the day and travelled at night, so I figured that the escape part must be pretty uneventful. Boy was I wrong! There are so many close calls and tense moments that I had goosebumps and a racing heart a few times even though I knew the outcome.

The entire time I was reading this book I was thinking - this should be a movie!
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A great read. A book of two halves. First an illuminating account of life as a Tommy in a WW1 German PoW camp, and then a page turning , nail biting account of escape across Germany. Thoroughly recommended.
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