Escape from Italy, 1943-45: Allied Escapers and Helpers in Fascist Italy by Malcolm Edward Tudor

Escape from Italy, 1943-45: Allied Escapers and Helpers in Fascist Italy

This book covers the remarkable story of the secret world of escape and evasion in wartime Italy.
The fugitives were thousands of prisoners of war or downed aircrew from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and European countries occupied by Germany.
Many of these Allied servicemen succeeded in escaping to Switzerland or through the enemy lines. The alternative was a trip to the camps in Germany in sealed railway cattle trucks .
The true stories and personal accounts include:
MI 9 and the camps in Italy.
The Armistice.
Escapes to Switzerland or through German lines.
Italian Helpers.
POW trains to Germany.
Rescue missions.
Escape lines set up by the Resistance.
Escaper partisans.
South African POWs.
The Rome Escape Organisation.
The final offensive and the Liberation.
Read how many escapers and evaders walked hundreds of miles to re-join Allied forces. Others crossed the Alps to Switzerland. Gradually, escape lines were created by Allied military intelligence and the Italian Resistance. The fugitives were passed from one safe house to another. Then came the dangerous crossing of the enemy lines or the border.
As a result of these efforts, over 5,000 escapers and evaders reached neutral Switzerland and 12,000 rejoined friendly forces within Italy.
This book is a tribute to the resilience and ingenuity of Allied servicemen and the courage and ingenuity of the Italian agents and helpers.
Paperback – 1 Jan 2003
ISBN-13: 978-0953896417
by Malcolm Edward Tudor


  1. Chris

    What about all the Civils slaughtered by the gestapo because POW disobeyed orders to remain in the camps. Makes you book a nonsense of the truth.

    1. Robin

      Chris, You are like any one else entitled to your opinion.
      What is on the website is the Amazon book review, not the opinion of myself as editor of the website. The information was made available to the Association members and those who visit its website. Historical accounts are very rarely balanced on both side of story. If you feel so strongly then write a book painting the picture as you see it. There have been and no doubt will continue to be written about the conflict during WW2, form many I have read you could be forgiven for making the assumption at the end of the book that there was only the Americans against the Germans in Italy.
      The details of this publication are on the website because it of interest to many of the Associations members and site visitors but it IS AN IMDEPENDANT Review and not the view of the Italy Star Association it is for individuals to read the book then you are in a position to make a counter argument.

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