The Barbed-wire University: The Real Lives Of Allied Prisoners Of War In The Second World War by Midge GilliesThe Barbed-wire University: The Real Lives Of Allied Prisoners Of War In The Second World War by Midge Gillies

The Barbed-wire University: The Real Lives Of Allied Prisoners Of War In The Second World War

byMidge Gillies

Paperback | April 1, 2013

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The conventional picture of Allied POWs in the World War II prisoner-of-war camps is of escape attempts (Colditz and The Great Escape) or terrible brutality (the Far Eastern camps and The Bridge on the River Kwai). But what did the men really do all day? In fact, as this extraordinary and acclaimed book shows, British prisoners showed the most amazing ingenuity and determination to turn their camp into a hive of every kind of activity.

Midge Gillies has written six books including highly acclaimed biographies of the record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson, and Edwardian music hall star, Marie Lloyd. In Waiting for Hitler, Britain on the Brink of Invasion she recreated the tension and fear that permeated the summer of 1940. She studied at Cambridge University and has writte...
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Title:The Barbed-wire University: The Real Lives Of Allied Prisoners Of War In The Second World WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.88 × 5.12 × 1.25 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:Aurum PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1845137779

ISBN - 13:9781845137779

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'a valuable, fascinating and moving book ... this is a riveting collection of stories about incredible resourcefulness. Many of the PoWs found new skills they had not imagined in the free world, read books they would never have read otherwise (the "university" in the book's title is not mere fancy), and forged friendships that would have been impossible in a more class-bound society. And Clive Dunn's reminders, in Dad's Army, that the Germans don't like it up 'em, would have lost much urgency, one suspects, had he never been captured by them.' One of the best war books I have ever read Brilliantly researched.Gillies has weaved her findings into a fascinating and deeply moving piece of social history What the reader is most likely to take away from this rich and well-researched book is a sense of the extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness so many POWs displayed Many eye-opening facts in a bright new history of POWs.I'm finding it enthralling Rich and insightful panorama of POW life. Every one of the pages hums with human interest and the whole enterprise is conducted with the highest standards of scholarship These astonishing tales of improvisation, ingenuity and courage are so enthralling. Every facet of this epic story is covered with sensitivity, restraint, and a leavening humour.full of unforgettable stories.Such stories illuminate a great subject in engrossing detail Midge Gillies has tackled a colossal subject with calm professionalism and a lightness of touch which makes it a great joy to read. An outstanding piece of scholarship which is as readable as it is informative Outstanding...absorbing Midge Gillies's engaging The Barbed-Wire University.is a breezy, edifying history which knits together compelling tragi-comic tales Fascinating book by the daughter of a POW.written in an easy human style and very informative