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Greece Crete Stalag Dachau - A New Zealand Soldier's Encounters With Hitler's Army

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A New Zealand Soldier's Encounters with Hitler's Army

by Jack Elworthy
Publication Date: 20/05/2014
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In 1940, 28-year-old Jack Elworthy left to fight in Europe. He would return seven years later, changed forever. Like many soldiers, Jack had experienced the best and worst of human nature - from kindness and bravery of Crete civilians to the unimaginable horrors of Dachau. He escaped from Greece as the Nazis rolled in, fought and was captured in Crete, and endured four years in Germany's notorious POW camp Stalag VIIIB. Freed by American forces in 1945, he talked his way into the US Army's Thunderbird Division, which then made its way to Munich, and ultimately the liberation of Dachau. After seeing the concentration camp, he wrote of his 'disbelief that there existed a kind of people who could gas rooms full of naked people and shoot rows of kneeling men, women and children, day after day'. Jack's war was not over. Back in Britain awaiting repatriation, he devised a plan to return to devastated Europe - and succeeded, to the disbelief of MI5, who would later strong-arm him into revealing how he'd done it.
Autobiography: historical
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Awa Press
Country of origin:
New Zealand
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    This is a book that must be read. It truly is a remarkable story, and, quite unexpected in its content. I have been amazed at what a soldiers experience encountered, nothing like I imagined. So very informative and truly well written. Highly recommended. Perhaps not for those looking for a 'war'story with its heroes but a superb diary of events written as though I were being told the story in a pub with mates around an open fire. Brilliant!!