The Long Way Home

By John McCallum

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At the age of nineteen, Glasgow-born John McCallum signed up as a Supplementary Reservist in the Signal Corps. Wounded and captured at Boulogne, he was sent to the notorious Stalag VIIIB prison camp, from which he eventually escaped to freedom. This book tells the story of one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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At the age of nineteen, Glasgow-born John McCallum signed up as a Supplementary Reservist in the Signal Corps. A little over a year later, he was in France, working frantically to set up communication lines as Europe once more hurtled towards war. Wounded and captured at Boulogne, he was sent to the notorious Stalag VIIIB prison camp, together with his brother, Jimmy, and friend Joe Harkin. Ingenious and resourceful, the three men set about planning their escape. With the help of Traudl, a local girl whom John had met while working in nearby Bad Karlsbrunn, they put their plan into action.In an astonishing coincidence, they passed through the town of Sagan, around which the seventy-six airmen of the Great Escape were being pursued and caught. However, unlike most of these other escapees, John, Jimmy and Joe eventually made it to freedom. Now, due to the declassification of documents under the Official Secrets Act, John McCallum is finally able to tell the thrilling story of his adventure, in which he recaptures all the danger, audacity and romance of one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 2 Jul 2012
SKU 9781843410607-grouped
Number of Pages 160

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'I couldn't stop turning the pages ... a great tale - with a deep message' - George Robertson'A dashed good read. Especially as his escape was successful' - Jack McLean, The Herald

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