Where the Hell Have You Been?

by Tom Carver | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1906021929 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingengelsmanwing of Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on 9/27/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingengelsmanwing from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, September 27, 2018
In November 1942, two nights after the Battle of El Alamein, a young British army officer was captured. As the Nazis deliberated about what to do with him, Richard Carver had particular reason to be afraid: unknown to anyone, he was the stepson of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the Allied Commander who had just inflicted the first serious defeat on the Third Reich . . .

This gripping story tells of Richard's internment in a POW camp in northern Italy -- the same camp made famous by Eric Newby -- and of his subsequent escape. Having decided to risk making his way back to Allied HQ in the south, he embarked on a gruelling 500-mile journey through German occupied territory, evading capture again and again and ultimately being saved by a family of brave Italian peasants who jeopardised not just their own lives but those of an entire village to hide him.

In the winter of 1943, a year after he disappeared, he staggered back into Army HQ, to be greeted by his now famous stepfather with the words, "Where the hell have you been?"

This is a great adventure story -- a reminder of a lost age, and of a generation forced to rise to extraordinary feats of valour in the service of a cause greater than themselves.

This book has been popping up on my Amazon recommendations ever since I read Eric Newby's Love and War in the Apennines which obviously intersects with it and has similar themes.

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