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A True Story of the Great Escape


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 The lost letter 2 The other side of the wire 3 How to tell a true war story 4 Great expectations - the making of a young man 5 The next leg 6 Introducing Michal 7 Paradise on sea 8 In search of a decent education 9 The arrest 10 The rise of an Aussie icon 11 Choosing the future 12 The mother country 13 Ivo Tonder - the last glimpse 14 In search of the elusive English gentleman 15 Scotland, and the brave 16 The first POW 17 The Australians are coming 18 Out in Africa 19 A tale of two men and two messes 20 To war in the desert 21 Reunion 22 Holding your nerve 23 Flipping the bird 24 A big flap 25 While we still have breath in our bodies 26 Down but not out 27 The face of the enemy 28 In the bag 29 Big X 30 Second time unlucky 31 The swimming pool 32 Another German friend 33 Cooking and carpentry 34 A ticket in the lottery 35 Shuffling the cards 36 The bereaved mother's badge 37 In Memoriam 38 Surfing at Manly Postscript - the lost letter, found Notes Bibliography Acknowledgements Index

About the Author

Louise Williams is an award-winning writer, journalist and editor, and niece of John Williams. She has recreated John's story from family memories, letters, declassified documents, oral histories and interviews with survivors of the Great Escape.


'A riveting tale, superbly told' - Peter FitzSimons, author and journalist..'A brilliant achievement. Louise Williams reminds us that the story of the Great Escape should not be owned by Hollywood, but rather by the families of those who made the greatest sacrifice.' - Guy Walters, author of The Real Great Escape

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