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Gunther Pluschow (Hardback)

Airmen, Escaper and Explorer

Military Biographies Prisoners Of War 1915 Great War POWs Great War Memoirs Military

By Anton Rippon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781848841321
Published: 19th November 2009
Last Released: 30th November 2009



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Gunther Plüschow of the German Imperial Navy holds a unique place in history - during the First World War he was the only German prisoner of war ever to escape from the British mainland and make it all the way back to the Fatherland. Yet, although his daring break for freedom in 1915 is astonishing in its own right, Plüschow was much more than simply an escaped POW. He was also a fearless aviator who flew against the British and Japanese in the Far East, and he was an explorer. After the war, he set sail for the southernmost tip of South America and became the first man to fly over Tierra del Fuego. He continued to explore what was then a largely unknown region of the world until his tragic death in 1931, when his parachute failed to open following a mid-air accident in Patagonia. In Gunther Plüschow: Airman, Escaper, Explorer, Anton Rippon tells this extraordinary tale in vivid detail. It is a tale that would do justice to the best adventure fiction - except that every word of it is true.

As featured in the Leicester Mercury.

Leicester Mercury

A superb and thoroughly readable account of the life of the only German prisoner of war to escape from the British mainland and make it back to Germany (1915). But he was far more than an escapee and in this real life adventure story the author details his many other exploits before, during and after the war - as entertaining as it is informative.

Excellent. 10/10

 Anton Rippon

About Anton Rippon

ANTON RIPPON is an award-winning newspaper columnist, journalist and author of over 30 sports books including Gas Masks for Goalposts: Football in Britain During the Second World War and Hitler’s Olympics: The Story of the 1936 Nazi Games. A former Sunday Telegraph football writer, his sports features appeared in The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, and FourFourTwo magazine. Rippon was named Newspaper Columnist of the Year in the 2017 Midlands Media Awards.

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