During the German May 1940 offensive, the 51st (Highland) Division, including the 1st and 5th Battalions Gordon Highlanders, became separated from the British Expeditionary Force. After a heroic stand at St Valery-en-Caux the Division surrendered when fog thwarted efforts to evacuate them.
Within days, scores of Gordons had escaped and were on the run through Nazi-occupied France. Many reached Britain after feats of great courage and tenacity, including recapture and imprisonment often in atrocious conditions in France, Spain or North Africa.
Those imprisoned in Eastern Europe were forced to work in coal and salt mines, quarries, factories and farms. Some died through unsafe conditions or the brutality of their captors. Others escaped, on occasion fighting with distinction alongside Resistance forces. Many had to endure the brutal 1945 winter march away from the advancing Allies before their eventual liberation.
This superbly researched book contains many inspiring stories that deserve and merit reading.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Hoping for the Best - Planning for the Worst 1
Chapter 2 The Battle for France 25
Chapter 3 The Long Weary Trail to the East 52
Chapter 4 Stalagites - Life in the PoW Camps 81
Chapter 5 Gambling Everything - Escape or Death 116
Chapter 6 A Bitter Winter 135
Chapter 7 Homeward Bound 150
Chapter 8 Epilogue 159
Appendix: Gordon Highlanders Captured or Killed In France in 1940 169