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.
Escapes to Switzerland or through German lines.
POW trains to Germany.
Escape lines set up by the Resistance.
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
by Malcolm Edward Tudor