Saturday at M.I.9 (Paperback)
The Classic Account of the WW2 Allied Escape Organisation
Saturday at M.I.9 is the inside story of the underground escape lines in occupied North-West Europe which brought back to Britain over 4,000 Allied servicemen during World War Two.
Airey Neave, who in the last two years of the war was the chief organiser at M.I.9 gives his own unique account. He describes how the escape lines began in the first dark days of German occupation and how, until the end of the war, thousands of ordinary men and women made their own contribution to the Allied victory by hiding and feeding men and guiding them to safety.
"There isn't a page in the book which isn't exciting in incident, wise in judgment, and absorbing through its human involvement." Times Literary Supplement.
Airey Neave was the first British POW to make a 'home run' from Colditz Castle. On his return he joined M.I.9 adopting the code name Saturday. He was involved in the Nuremburg war trials. His World War II memoir "They Have Their Exits" was republished by Pen & Sword in 2002 and his classic account of the fall of Calais
'Flames of Calais' is being republished in 2003. Airey Neave's life was tragically cut short by the IRA who assassinated him in 1979 when he was one of Margaret Thatcher's closest political allies.
This isa compelling tle of true-life bravery, looking at the activites of large groups of volunteers scattered across occupied Europe who chose to risk their lives in an attempt to help allied servicemen return to Britain to continue the fight against Nazism.www.historyofwar.org
Whilst he was no doubt writing under the restrictions of the official secretes act, and many documents may indeed still be closed, it is quite possible that Airy Neave's account is an official account in all but name. I found it a revetting read.Day History Blog
THEY HAVE THEIR EXITS stands in the premier division of military memoirs, and not just of the Second World War. Not only were Airey Neave's wartime experiences of an extraordinary breadth, but he had the literary ability to record them. Wounded and captured at Calais in May 1940, Second Lieutenant Neave wasted little time before attempting to escape. Always a thorn in his captors' sides, he earned his place in the 'escape-proof' Colditz Castle. Undeterred he had the distinction of being the first British officer to make a home-run, via Switzerland, Vichy France and Spain. Soon back in France working…By Airey Neave
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