Escaping Has Ceased to be a Sport (ePub)
A Soldier's Memoir of Captivity and Escape in Italy and Germany
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After being taken prisoner at Tobruk and transported to Italy, the author was determined to escape and learnt Italian by talking to the sentries. His first escape lasted just one week. He then joined a tunnel party and escaped again. After six weeks on the run he was offered shelter in a Tuscan hilltop village, Montebenichi. There he enjoyed five months of freedom, living the lifestyle and ancient customs of these peasant people.
While attempting to re-join the Allied armies, Frank and two fellow POWs were re-captured and sent to a brutal work camp in Germany. His defiant attitude exacerbated an already difficult situation. In March 1945, with the Allies closing in Frank took part in ‘The Long March’, walking for several weeks before being released by American troops. The title of this remarkable and moving memoir results from a notice posted to Frank’s amusement in all POW camps saying ‘Escaping has ceased to be a Sport’. This is an exceptional Second World War POW account by a man who refused to accept captivity.
This is a very nicely written memoir with a very interesting photo plate section taking the story through and on to 2008. In its telling, it offers several unique insights and adds to the picture of life for POWs in Italy and Germany and of their joy to return eventually to their homes.Firetrench
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A featured inHistorical Novels Review
Article: 'Bromley veteran, 97, publishes book about wartime experiences' words by Olivia GantzerBromley Times, 14th June 2018
Speaking at the launch, Sir Nick Young, chairman of the Monte San Martino Trust, said: “We are here to celebrate the life of a really remarkable man. The book is right up there with the very best of the genre.Sir Nick Young, chairman of the Monte San Martino Trust
“It’s a book of passion, of deprecating honesty and common sense, and of a love of Italy. This book told me that this man is indomitable and undaunted. Frank was constantly on the look-out to escape. And every page of this delightful book spells of hope.”