RAF Evaders: The Comprehensive Story of Thousands of Escapers and Their Escape Lines, Western Europe, 1940-1945 - Oliver Clutton-BrockLondon: Bounty Books, 2012, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Appendices ;
From the cover: “During the five years from May 1940 to May 1945 several thousand Allied airmen, forced to abandon their aircraft behind enemy lines, evaded capture and reached freedom, by land, sea and air.
The territory held by the Germans was immense -from Norway and Denmark in the north, through Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg to the south of France — and initially there was no organisation to help the men on the run.
The first one to assist the evaders and escapers ("E & E” as the Americans called them) was what was to become the PAT/PAO line, along the Mediterranean coast to Perpignan and across the Spanish border.
Next was the Comet line, from Brussels to the Pyrenees. Thousands of brave people were to be involved for whom, if caught, the penalty was death. Theirs is a stirring and awe-inspiring story.
Respected historian Oliver Glutton-Brock has researched in depth this secret world of evasion, uncovering some treachery and many hitherto unpublished details, operations and photos. It is a tremendous reference work, written in his own colourful style with numerous anecdotes, which fills a gap of knowledge formerly unavailable to historians, professional or amateur.
Packed with information, key figure biographies and listings — 2,198 evaders identified — this is a valuable testimony to the courage of all those involved.”