TICKET TO HELL VIA DIEPPE: FROM A PRISONER'S WARTIME LOG 1942-1945.

Prouse, A. Robert.


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1st ed., 1982. 192 pp., various photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., discoloured o/w FINE. This fascinating memoir of three years spent in Stalag IXC deep within the Third Reich recreates in rich detail what life was like behind barbed wire. The author was one of almost 2,000 men captured after the slaughter on the beaches of Dieppe on August 19, 1942. From then until the camp's liberation in April, 1945, the author and his fellow POWs struggled to survive and escape ' to escape the sense of hopelessness that drove some to wander toward certain death, to escape the longing that drove others into 'married quarters'. The author has drawn on the rich resources of his wartime log, secreted all those years beneath the barracks floor, to portray those struggles as well as the thrill of short-lived freedom, the humour of plays and dances, the terror of air raids and the hope for liberation. Illustrated with photographs rifled from camp files, mementoes looted after liberation, posters, cartoons, maps, newspapers and poetic doggerel that captures the spirit of the time.


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