Wingless Victory

The Story of Sir Basil Embry’s Escape from Occupied France in the Summer of 1940

Author: Anthony Richardson

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787203204

Category: History

Page: 234

View: 8637

WINGLESS VICTORY is the story of an audacious and desperate man on the run, the record of one of the first wartime escapes through Occupied France. It reads like a first-class thriller and, as one critic puts it, “leaves fiction gasping far behind.” On May 27, 1940, Wing-Commander Basil Embry (later Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil Embry, and Commander, Allied Air Forces in Central Europe 1953-56), although appointed to a higher command, decided to lead his old squadron into battle for the last time. Within the hour he was shot down in France and found himself alone, unarmed, and in uniform. Capture was inevitable. He was, in fact, captured three times, but refused to submit. Once he broke from a column of prisoners under the muzzle of a German machine-gun. Another time he fought his way out, killing three Germans with a stolen rifle and then hiding in a manure heap for nearly six hours. But perhaps the most amazing of all his exploits was the occasion on which, in the role of a fanatical member of the Irish Republican Army, he shook his fist under the nose of a German inquisitor, yelling hatred and abuse of Britain until his captors finally turned him loose to find his own way home. At this period there was little of escape technique to guide him and he had no opportunity to lay plans or prepare equipment. Yet, by sheer courage and wit, he found his way back to Britain to fight and fly again. He won the D.S.O. and three bars, and the D.F.C. “The author succeeds in communicating vividly, yet unpretentiously, the sensations of a man on the run....About ten times as exciting as a fictional thriller.”—Sunday Times “A thrilling and authentic escape story—will prove a classic.”—Daily Herald “The records of World War II have no wilder or stranger story to tell.”—Tatler “It is an extremely exciting story, but well spiced with humour as well.”—Illustrated London News

RAF Bomber Command in Fact, Film and Fiction

Author: Jonathan Falconer

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited


Category: History

Page: 153

View: 3448

A record of much that has been filmed, written or sound-recorded in English between 1939 and 1995 on the subject of RAF Bomber Command's offensive against Nazi Germany, which remains highly controversial. Includes an index for cross-referencing purposes.

The Quarterly Review

Author: William Gifford,Sir John Taylor Coleridge,John Gibson Lockhart,Whitwell Elwin,William Macpherson,William Smith,Sir John Murray IV,Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle),George Walter Prothero

Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 8234


Pan books 1945-1966

a bibliographical checklist with a guide to their value

Author: Richard Williams

Publisher: N.A


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 75

View: 5684


A Prisoner's Duty

Great Escapes in U.S. Military History

Author: Robert C. Doyle

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: 9781557501806

Category: History

Page: 372

View: 8278

Looks at historical escapes by American servicemen and civilians, and explores the characteristics of a person who tries to escape and one who does not

The Aeroplane

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

View: 1965


The Way of the Explorer

An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds: Easyread Large Bold Edition

Author: Edgar Mitchell


ISBN: 1442976101

Category: Science

Page: 492

View: 3118

The Way of the Explorer traces two remarkable journeys--one through space, and one through the mind. Together they fundamentally alter the way we understand the miracle and mystery of being, and ultimately reveal humankind's role in its own destiny.