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Home Run (Hardback)

Allied Escape and Evasion in World War II

Military > By Century > 20th Century WWII

By Howard R Simkin
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Pages: 216
Illustrations: B/w and colour
ISBN: 9781636241951
Published: 30th September 2022



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Imagine that you are deep behind enemy lines. Your plane was shot down or perhaps you have just escaped from a prisoner of war camp. The enemy is hunting you, seeking to throw you behind barbed wire for the duration of the war. What will you do? Do you have a plan, and the skills, to make it to friendly territory?


During World War II, the Germans and Japanese held over 306,000 British and 105,000 U.S. service members as prisoners. The number of successful evaders and escapers, both U.S. and British, exceeded 35,000. Many of these were aircrew, who received intense training because of the high risk that they would have to evade or escape. This book relates how they fared in enemy hands or managed to remain free.


This book provides a complete overview of U.S. and British escape and evasion during World War II. It tells the story of the escape and evasion organisations, the Resistance-operated lines, and the dangers faced by the escapers and the evaders in a logical and compelling narrative. Heroism, betrayal, sacrifice, and cowardice are all elements of this fascinating part of the rich tapestry of World War II.

So summing up I would say this is an excellent book for someone starting out on the subject. Hopefully they will then want to go on & read more books on the many incredible escape stories out there.

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About Howard R Simkin

Howard R. Simkin has over forty years of combined experience in military, law enforcement, and business. During his military service, he had 16 years of intensive Special Operations experience. He has conducted Special Reconnaissance, Foreign Internal Defense, and Unconventional Warfare Missions. He received a Masters of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command proclaimed “Mad Scientist.” He lives in North Carolina with his wife of 47 years, in a multi-generational home. 

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