In "Home Run: Escape From Nazi Europe" John Nichol and Tony Rennell tell the incredible true stories of the British soldiers and airmen on the run through Nazi occupied Europe in their own words.
Throughout the Second World War, thousands found themselves cut off behind the lines in Nazi occupied Europe - soldiers were left stranded on beaches after the chaotic evacuation of Dunkirk, airmen flying operations against the Germans were blasted out of the sky by flak and fighters.
They were alone and on the run in enemy territory with just one goal - to get back to Britain and to safety.
Some made solitary treks through hundreds of miles of enemy territory, others attempted precarious sea crossings in stolen boats.
Many placed their lives in the hands of brave civilians who risked the wrath of a brutal regime if they dared to offer assistance.
Life for the evaders hung in the balance and if they were to survive they had to rely on guile and sheer luck. John Nichol and Tony Rennell tell the dramatic story of the heroes who made it home ...and those who did not. "Gripping, moving and thoughtful. The excellent team of Nichol and Rennell have done it again". (Patrick Bishop, author of "Fighter Boys"). John Nichol is a former RAF flight lieutenant whose Tornado bomber was shot down on a mission over Iraq during the first Gulf War in 1991.
He was captured and became a prisoner of war. He is the bestselling co-author of "Tornado Down" and, with Tony Rennell, "The Last Escape", "Tail-End Charlies", "Home Run" and "Medic", and author of five novels.
He is also a journalist and widely quoted military commentator. Tony Rennell is the author of "Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria" and co-author of "When Daddy Came Home", a highly praised study of demobilization in 1945, and with John nichol, "The Last Escape", "Tail-End Charlies", "Home Run" and "Medic".
He is a former deputy editor of the "Sunday Times" and writes regularly on historical subjects for the "Daily Mail".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages, 24pp B/W inset
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780141024196