Pen and Sword Books: Escape from Arnhem by Godfrey Freeman

Escape from Arnhem
Escape from Arnhem (2 reviews)
A Glider Pilots Story
by Godfrey Freeman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Found in: Aviation History Books
Aviation Memoirs,
Battle of Arnhem Books
144 pages
ISBN: 9781848841475
Published: 18 February 2010
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This is the remarkable true story of a young army glider pilotís experience of the last days in the defence of Arnhem Bridge, his eventual capture and then escape to be adopted by the Resistance, the hair-raising journey through occupied Europe and his eventual return to the UK.

After capture Freeman was first taken to Apeldoorn where he was hospitalized, claiming shell-shock. Although quite sane, he feigned trauma with escape in mind, until being punished for aiding the escape of four Allied inmates. Then he was put on a train bound for Germany, from this he escaped and eventual made contact with the Dutch underground. He is given civilian cloths and a bicycle and rides overnight to Barnveld where he stays with a schoolmaster and church organist. Then another cycle ride to a farm where he sleeps in the hayloft and finally still on his bike, he rides through the German front lines. He eventually is returned to RAF Broadwell by Dakota to resume his part in the war, from capture to freedom within a month.

The text is interspersed with flashbacks to the authorís childhood and early training, capturing the true spirit of a typical modest and yet outstandingly brave young man of the wartime era.

Written by Godfrey John Freeman, born 4th June 1924 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire; Died 9th January 1999 peacefully in The Churchill Hospital, Oxford, Leaving his two sons Mark and Karl and their mother, his former wife, Sheila Freeman
Product Reviews
Godfrey Freeman was one of the few of that gallant band who, having landed in his glider, found himself fighting at the Arnhem Bridge itself under Lt. Col. Frost. It was here that he was... [read full review]
The Eagle, Dec 2010
Godfrey Freeman attempted to join the RAF several times, but was turned down for having a depressed sternum. Instead he enlisted in the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, and then fulfilled his flying ambition by... [read full review]
Daly History Blog, July 2010
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