Tartan Pimpernel

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The Tartan Pimpernel is the remarkable autobiography of Donald Caskie, minister of the Scots Kirk in Paris at the time of the German invasion of France in 1940. Although he had several opportunities to flee, Caskie remained there to help establish a network of safe houses and escape routes for Allied soldiers and airmen trapped in occupied territory. The seamen's mission he set up in Marseilles was in fact the largest clearing-house in France for stranded British soldiers and airmen. This was dangerous work, but,...
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Overview

The Tartan Pimpernel is the remarkable autobiography of Donald Caskie, minister of the Scots Kirk in Paris at the time of the German invasion of France in 1940. Although he had several opportunities to flee, Caskie remained there to help establish a network of safe houses and escape routes for Allied soldiers and airmen trapped in occupied territory. The seamen's mission he set up in Marseilles was in fact the largest clearing-house in France for stranded British soldiers and airmen. This was dangerous work, but, despite the constant threat of capture and execution, Caskie showed enormous resourcefulness and courage as he aided thousands of servicemen to freedom.

Finally arrested and interrogated, he was sentenced to death at a Nazi showtrial, and it was only through the intervention of a German pastor that he was saved. After the war, Caskie returned to the Scots kirk, where served as minister until 1960.

This inspiring story of selfless commitment to others in extreme adversity is the truly brave man. 'More thrilling than any story' -The Scotsman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843410355
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,054,980
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Donald Caskie, was born at Bowmore, Islay in 1902 and educated at the University of Edinburgh, Caskie left his first charge at Gretna to become minister of the Scot's Kirk in Paris. His wartime experiences were first published in 1957. Caskie ended his career ministering in Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay and died in 1983.

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