The author is well-known for his aviation histories and this book is an interesting departure from his main work, albeit not far from it. As usual, this is a well-researched study of a subject that has received far less than its deserved attention. The two photo-plate sections are well selected – Most Highly Recommended.
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Gunther Plüschow was the only German Prisoner of War to successfully escape from the British mainland. He was a German aviator who was posted in China before the outbreak of war, and who was captured by the British during his attempt to return to Germany from China. The book falls into three parts. The first looks at the author's time in the German territory of Kiao-Chow in China. This includes a section on his pre-war life in there, with some fascinating insights into the colonial mindset of the period. The main focus here is on the Japanese siege, and the author's one-man aerial war. At the very end of the siege he was ordered to fly out of Tsingtau, starting the second part of the book.... ...This is a classic POW escape story, with the added bonus of being told from the German point of view. In many ways Plüschow's story is very similar to the more familiar British tales. The only significant difference is his attitude to setbacks, which he tends to treat with indignation, not a.. Read more