Moonless Night : Wartime Diary of a Great Escaper Paperback
by B. A. James
From the moment he was shot down to the final whistle, Jimmy James' one aim as a POW of the Germans was to escape.The Great Escaper describes his experiences and those of his fellow prisoners in the most gripping and thrilling manner.
The author made more than 12 escape attempts including his participation in The Great Escape, where 50 of the 76 escapees were executed in cold blood on Hitler's orders.On re-capture, James was sent to the infamous Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp where, undeterred, he tunnelled out.
That was not the end of his remarkable story.Moonless Night has strong claim to be the finest escape story of the Second World War.A tribute to Squadron Leader B.A James.
M.C By Douglas LittlejohnJimmys Home RunThe Stalag's far behind hin nowThe tunnels and the fear,The Search Lights and the Guard DogsThe boredom year by year.The constant nagging hungerThe longing to be free,The final dash for freedomThat could never be.
Jimmys made a 'Home Run'He's now at Heavens Gate,The 'Kreggies' are there to greet himThey've had a lengrhy wait!He's the Greatest 'Great Escaper'Jimmys story must be told, He'll be welcomed now in HeavenThe Boldest of the Bold.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/07/2002
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780850529005
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Review by Wheatland
This book is a collection of escape stories told by a British prisoner of war. Shot down over Holland in the summer of 1940, the author was imprisoned with other British and Allied officers in various camps around Germany until the end of the war with Germany in 1945. During these many years he engaged in several escape attempts, some of which got him out of prison, but he was always recaptured. Toward the end of the war he was lucky not to have been shot by the increasingly desperate German captors. He was part of the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III that was later portrayed in the popular film.The book is a page turner as the reader follows the ingenuity and passion of the prisoners in plotting various escapes. There were only three ways: tunnelling, walking out the gates, and scaling the walls and wire. The author often overloads his narrative with details about servicemen and their records that would interest only military buffs and fellow officers. Nevertheless I highly recommended this book to the general reader for the fascinating subject matter.