RETURN TICKET by Anthony Deane-Drummond


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The exploits of Lt. Colonel Deane-Drummond supplement the annals of escape and begin in 1941 when he parachuted in enemy Italy, performed his mission (the detonation of some explosives), but after a long pursuit- was taken by the local carabinieri in a small village. Months of monotony, in prison, led to his first break and a run for the Swiss border, but he was re-taken- to a monastery where the rations were equally ascetic. A self-induced transfer to a hospital enabled him to make his second escape, and this time he tunnelled under the barbed wire across the border, and returned to England. Prior to the Sicilian invasion, he served as a member of roundup-team to contact ex-prisoners, but the battle of Arnhem took him to Germany on an airborne operation and this time he fell into German hands. Hiding, for 13 days, in a cupboard in a German guardroom, he made his last out- contacted the Resistance- and reached home base.... An account which does not lack for robust activity- or high spirits-- but the market may well be more confined than it once was.

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1954
Publisher: Lippincott