Escape to Freedom (Paperback)
An Airman's Tale of Capture Escape and Evasion
The Author was shot down in his Wellington bomber on his third operational mission. Captured shortly after he was interrogated in Dulag Luft before being sent to Stalag Luft 1 on the Baltic where he stayed from April to September 1944. As the noose tightened on Germany, Tony and his fellow kriegies were kept on the move.
He describes the increasingly harsh conditions they all endured, including the infamous Long March of the winter of 1945. He twice escaped, the second time successfully reaching the Allied Second Army.
The author served in the 427 (Lion) Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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A must read for all war story enthusiasts. A great book, a real page turner , the author makes you feel as if your there, can't wait for his next title.Amazon Review
Another great title from Pen and Sword. Its a book that follows a common theme about evasion, capture and eventually escape. Its very well written with moments of humour and despair, I have nothing but admiration for the author and highly reccomend this book.Amazon Review
An excellent account of life in bomber command and being shot down and eventually captured. Truly moving experiences of life in captivity and the forced marches.Amazon Review
Nice read. Well written and well worth a look.Amazon Review
A must read for all ages. A riveting read and facts about the war, very, very interesting and educational, highly recommended. The details are astonishing and well remembered, unbelievable good.Amazon Review
Already got into this book very good reading will be buying more of this kind of book well worth the money.Amazon Review
I thought this was a very easy book to read. It gives a breif but tactful account of one airmans journey into the air force, through training and early operations, through to his capture and various attempts to escape. Fascinating, gripping and leaves me feeling in awe of what these brave men went through.Amazon Review
Interesting story many facts about how p.o.w.we're captured and kept in captivity and tried to escape.well worth a read.Amazon Review
Excellent book well written and a very moving true story of what life was really like as a flier in Bombers.Amazon Review
Very interesting.Amazon Review
As in all such books, the reader is spellbound by the determination of the writer under circumstances difficult for us to imagine now.Amazon Review
Excellent classic survival. Well written account of the trials and tribulations of being a POW.anyone with an interest of world war two will enjoy this bookAmazon Review
Just finished reading this excellent and well written book. Easy and compulsive reading, with a wealth of detail without being overbearing or 'heavy'. Tony Johnson gives an unbiased account of his time as a POW in Germany - neither demonising or sanitising events, but just telling it 'as it was'.Amazon Review
A relatively unassuming account of what, in reality, was a very stoic and quite brave attempt of an extremely young (19-21) man, caught up in the horror of war, to adapt to a life of adversity in the various POW camps, attempting to stay alive and, if possible, make a successful escape.
As well as being an excellent account of his experiences - quite a feat of memory (though I expect that some of the events described would be etched into memory for life) - the background detail has obviously been extremely well researched, in supplying accurate information about squadron operations and loses, and details and locations about the POW camps in which he was incarcerated.
Though clearly not in reality a laughing matter - especially to those killed or injured - the story about someone dropping a cigarette into the sceptic tank at one of the camps cannot be other than highly amusing! The attendant explosion demolishing the latrine hut, much to the surprise and consternation of the incumbents, and covering the nearby POWs with something other than glory, is described with the type of black humour that probably helped POWs survive those difficult and trying times.
Having read several books relating to POW camps, escape and evasion, I can say that this one ranks with the best of them, in being an honest and interesting personal account, and can be recommended.
Enthralling read. They send you off in a Wellington with little hope of finding the target, you do and then a shell puts an end to your return flight. They capture you, put you in a cage and eventually you manage to escape but end up in a war zone. Would you do that, well Tony did and survived to tell the tale. Read it you'll enjoy it.Amazon Review
Excellent.This man has a marvellous memory recall. I was engrossed in the book. I. Have no criticism. I recommend it to anyone with a similar interest in the struggles these brave men encountered.Amazon Review
Informative and chilling, well written. A real page turner. Unputdownable tale of capture, escape and freedom from an evil war machine. A must read.Amazon Review
Excellent reading. Very good book, shows up how brutal the non commission ranks were treated. The Officers who were segregated fared better.Amazon Review
This was a real glimpse of conditions in World War 2, and brought home the dreadful conditions of the Prisoner of War camps.Amazon Review
I felt humble that I will never have to endure conditions like this. It was good to see and feel events through the eyes of the airman.
A very riveting story of the hardships that some POW's went through.Amazon Review
Gripping stuff. Gives a real insight into the hardships of being a POW in world war two,well written account of what the germans were like in the war.Amazon Review
Well written with detailed experiences by Tony Johnson. Full of useful facts about the RAF station and aircraft..A must read for all WW2 readers.Amazon Review
A riveting read and facts about the war, very, very interesting and educational, highly recommended. The details are astonishing and well remembered, unbelievable good.Amazon Review
A great story.of british p.o.w. .well written a thoroughly engoyable book.would reccomend it to all ,who like p.o.w. storiesAmazon Review
Its a book that follows a common theme about evasion, capture and eventually escape. Its very well written with moments of humour and despair, I have nothing but admiration for the author and highly reccomend this book.Amazon Review