THE PRISONERS OF COMBINE D by Len Giovannitti
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THE PRISONERS OF COMBINE D

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If the public can take another POW camp story- this is it. Almost one might say this is the Ander of World War II. For the stress is on the daily life- the indignities suffered by fliers shot down over Germany and confined to quarters where only the barest necessities for survival- and often not that- were supplied; where Red Cross parcels were held back, rations to starvation limits, cold, disease, every deprivation -- despite Geneva rules suffered. A small group of men, unlike in background, experience, viewpoint, standards, comprised Combine D, considered the troublemakers because they had evolved a kind of united front. Suffering had welded bonds stronger than anything could break. Intelligence and firmness forced on them a sharing -- and ingenuity a strength in fighting for the rights of man. Here some of the ideals of democracy were given inews. The story is based on the author's experiences, and has the ring of truth; it cuts deep into the emotional and spiritual values. It is painful reading- but it should be read, and remembered.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1957
Publisher: Holt