Ross and a fellow officer made the first escape from Fontanellato POW camp only to be recaptured on the Swiss border. During his second escape, Ross fought against the occupying German forces in north Italy alongside the Italian partisans, who nearly executed him initially. He avoided recapture for over a year before finally reaching Allied lines.
The reader learns of the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of local Italians helping and hiding Allied soldiers. Ross’s story has a poignant conclusion as, while on the run, he fell in love with a prominent anti-fascist’s daughter whom he married after the war.
Originally published as From Liguria With Love, this superbly written and updated memoir is a powerful and inspiring tribute to all those who risked their lives to help him and his comrades.
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About the Author
After the war, he returned to Italy and married Giovanna, the daughter of the family that had hidden him from the enemy for many months. He later served in Korea, Hong Kong and Berlin before transferring to HM Diplomatic Service. The final years of his career were spent in North America and South Africa as a consular officer. Retiring in 1982, he and Giovanna divided their time between their homes in London and Bordighera, Italy. After 66 happy years of marriage, Michael died in 2012.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations ix
Part I A Soldier 1
Chapter 1 Despatch to a Desert Fort 3
Chapter 2 Enemy Threats 8
Chapter 3 The Storm Breaks 13
Chapter 4 Survivors Escape 19
Chapter 5 Forced Night March 27
Chapter 6 All Contact Lost 33
Chapter 7 Life (and Near Death) with the Arabs 39
Chapter 8 In Enemy Hands 48
Part II A Prisoner 59
Chapter 9 Doom and Gloom 61
Chapter 10 Inmates of a Monastery in Southern Italy 70
Chapter 11 Human Relations Under Strain 82
Chapter 12 Escapes and the Aftermath 87
Chapter 13 A Taste of Freedom in Northern Italy 93
Chapter 14 Enemies Become Friends 117
Part III A Lame Dog 129
Chapter 15 On the Run to the Southern Front 131
Chapter 16 Change of Plan - Westwards through France 139
Chapter 17 Chance Meeting with the 'Resistance' 151
Chapter 18 Refuge in 'Llo Di Mare' - a Riviera Villa 164
Chapter 19 At Large with Partisans 180
Chapter 20 Flight to Freedom 197