THE ROME ESCAPE LINE by Lt. Col. Sam I. Derry


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A World War II situation, reported at first hand, is revealed by this account of the operations carried out from the Holy See and later The Vatican by the British Organization in Rome for Assisting Allied Escaped Prisoners of War in 1943-44. The author, escaped twice from the Germans, hiding out in Italy, gets anonymous help that leads him to Rome and the Right Rev. Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, an official in the Holy Office, and is offered the job of control, coordination and command by the British minister to the Holy Sec, interned in Vatican City, to route escapers in and out of Rome. With Italian, French, Communist, Greek aid a system of billets, food, clothes, espionage, results. Allied men and officers are ""processed"" and often evacuated; the Germans make efforts to eliminate the underground activities but they keep on; and with the liberation the unit is channeled into recognized military lines. There are good stories here and suspense and excitement and it adds a most lively note to the wartime picture.

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 1960
Publisher: Norton