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They Have Their Exits.
on 2 November 2017
This is a tale of incredible fortitude and nerves of steel. This book takes you through Airey Neave's capture in 1940, his transit through various POW camps and his escape attempts.
These escapes landed him in the infamous Colditz camp, supposedly escape proof. He describes his failed escape attempts from here until the big one when he escapes with Luteyn, a Dutch prisoner.
Their journey towards Switzerland is nerve wracking, even to read. Sharing train compartments with SS officers, suspicious locals, relying on forged papers, it must have been torture.
Even when they made it into Switzerland they weren't safe, they still had to travel through France down to the Pyrenees, over to Spain, then Gibraltar and then home.
Years later he was appointed a legal officer during the Nuremberg trials, he saw the worst of Hitler's henchmen in their cells.
The brutal end to Airey's life at the hands of IRA terrorists in London decades later is all the more tragic considering what he went through.
You must read this book.