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Gunther Pluschow (Hardback)

Airmen, Escaper and Explorer

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

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

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It was an escape from a PoW camp as daring and fraught with danger as any immortalised by Hollywood. Yet the story is less familiar than most – as it concerns the only German prisoner of war to escape from captivity in mainland Britain and make it home during either World War. After being caught in Gibraltar during an earlier attempt to return to his homeland, Pluschow and other captured Germans were shipped to Plymouth and then on to the PoW camp at Donington Hall, where he arrived in May 1915. On July 4 he and fellow prisoner Oskar Trefftz broke out by climbing over two 9ft barbed wire fences,…

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