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The British Partisan (Hardback)

Capture, Imprisonment and Escape in Wartime Italy

WWII Military Biographies Prisoners Of War Memoirs Military

By Michael Ross
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781526750358
Published: 30th April 2019

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Below are reviews of From Liguria With Love (original edition of A British Partisan)

A gripping account of the many months spent behind enemy lines living with Italian people who daily risked their lives for him – one of whom eventually became his wife. A more exciting story than mine! - Eric Newby CBE MC – Author of Love and War in the Apennines

I have always been a sucker for escape stories, so no need to tell you tell you that I greatly enjoyed it. - Sir Ludovic Kennedy

This real gem, excellently written, fresh, vivid, attention holding, has added something substantial to the history of the period. - British Army Review

In this action-packed account, the author, a Welch Regiment officer, describes his remarkable Second World War experiences. These include his baptism by fire in the Western Desert against Rommel’s armour in 1942, the spontaneous help of nomad Arabs when on the run for ten days behind enemy lines, his capture and life as a POW in Italy.

Ross and a fellow officer made the first escape from Fontanellato POW camp only to be recaptured on the Swiss border. During his second escape, Ross fought against the occupying German forces in north Italy alongside the Italian partisans, who nearly executed him initially. He avoided recapture for over a year before finally reaching Allied lines.

The reader learns of the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of local Italians helping and hiding Allied soldiers. Ross’s story has a poignant conclusion as, while on the run, he fell in love with a prominent anti-fascist’s daughter whom he married after the war.

Originally published as From Liguria With Love, this superbly written and updated memoir is a powerful and inspiring tribute to all those who risked their lives to help him and his comrades.

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About Michael Ross

Michael Ross, an undergraduate at the outbreak of the War, immediately volunteered for military service and was commissioned into the Welch Regiment. This classic memoir, originally published in 1997 as From Liguria With Love and now updated by his son David, describes his experiences in North Africa, where he was captured, and Italy, both as POW and as an escapee, fighting alongside the partisans. Ross was Mentioned in Despatches for gallantry.


After the war, he returned to Italy and married Giovanna, the daughter of the family that had hidden him from the enemy for many months. He later served in Korea, Hong Kong and Berlin before transferring to HM Diplomatic Service. The final years of his career were spent in North America and South Africa as a consular officer. Retiring in 1982, he and Giovanna divided their time between their homes in London and Bordighera, Italy. After 66 happy years of marriage, Michael died in 2012.

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