Hardy, J. L.


1st ed., 1928. Xii + 260 pp., frontis., + 3 photo-plates + a fldg., sketch-map. Brown cloth ; 19 x 12cm. Spine frayed in 3 places along rear joint but binding is secure ; small, neat surname o/w V.G. Eight months after serving in the First World War with the Connaught Rangers the author was taken prisoner by the Germans. Scarcely twenty-years-old at the time, the author was to be a Prisoner of War for three-and-a-half years, during which time he made no less than twelve attempts at escaping whist imprisoned by the Germans. He was initially successful in four of these attempts but was subsequently recaptured after three of them, twice having reached as far as Stralsund and even beyond. In this gripping narrative, written in his own words, the author describes the routine of his incarceration at different German camps including Halle, Augustabad, Magdeburg and even Fort Zorndorf where escape was virtually impossible. Nevertheless, he made several attempts from here and once almost succeeded when, with two others, he nearly got out disguised as a German soldier. The author was transferred further and made subsequent escape attempts until he finally managed to escape for good in March 1918, along with Captain Willie Loder-Symonds. Both men immediately volunteered to return to the front. Loder-Symonds was later killed in an aeroplane crash. The author got back to his job and was subsequently wounded on two occasions, the second time resulting in the loss of his leg, but he was awarded a promotion, a D.S.O. and a Military Cross with bar. In this book he describes in gripping detail the planning and execution of his four, and finally successful, attempts at escape. Illustrated with plates and a folding sketch-map showing the author's escapes, this is the SCARCE First Edition.

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