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Moonless Night: The Second World War Escape Epic Paperback – 15 Jul 2002
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Squadron Leader Jimmy James survived captivity against all the odds. Now retired, he lives at Ludlow, Shropshire
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This is the seemingly incredible tale of a man who simply will not accept life behind barbed wire, and does everything humanly possible to escape, over and over again, without regard to his own personal safety.
As the author of a book about another POW escaper ('Escape, Evasion and Revenge, The True Story of a German-Jewish RAF Pilot Who Bombed Berlin and Became a POW', a biography of my father), my extensive research showed me that Jimmy James was probably the greatest escaper of the war. A man without fear. In fact, he was one of very few RAF officers (including my father) to be awarded the Military Cross for extreme bravery on the GROUND.
Moonless Night is an amazing true story!
Having met him before I read the book (which he signed for me), it was really easy to read, as that slow, gentle timbre in his voice was present on every word I read. If you imagine the story as being from when he "hit the silk" over Occupied Holland at the start when bailing out of a Wellington, then ending when he landed at RAF Cosford in 1945 again in a Wellington, then you'll get an idea of the story span.
It seems a little slow after the initial bail-out & capture but then that's how it was back then as the POW system hadn't really been properly set up at that time. But as you get into the detail, particularly after he arrived at Stalag Luft III, you'll get a real feel for the kinds of hopes & stresses these men had.
One thing that many people forget about WWII POW's is that when you go to prison for an offence, you have a tariff of how long you serve. POW's had no such tariff & so their imprisonment was a potentially endless incarceration while the war continued, which must have been mind-numbingly horrific in itself.
Perhaps that's why Jimmy told me "there was no choice" when we spoke.
A tremendous story & for those who want a good account of life inside the Nazi POW system during WWII, this is a real treasure. Highly recommended.
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from a concentration camp, too.. What a man. I couldn't put it down.
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