Junak King: Life as a British POW, 1941-45

The History Press
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Sydney Litherland was among the 30,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers taken prisoner by the Germans at the Fall of Crete in June 1941. This book documents, in fascinating and historically important detail, their daily life as POWs in Germany, and encapsulates the experiences of tens of thousands of ordinary POWs. This is not an account of heroic escapes and derring-do by dashing officers, but of the day-to-day endurance of the other ranks, mostly very young men, separated from their officers and expected to do hard manual labor. What is revealed is a different kind of courage—a quiet resilience and dogged determination not just to endure, but to triumph. Supporting each other, they never lose hope of eventual victory or let an opportunity slip to make life difficult for their captors. Why Junak, though? Sydney traded those German cigarettes with great skill!
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Sydney Litherland was called to the military in 1940 where, as an architecture student, he joined the technical services unit of Royal Engineers. In 1941 he went to Greece as part of the expeditionary force sent to bolster Greek resistance. When this collapsed, his unit was evacuated to Crete. The German airborne invasion took the island and Sydney became a POW. These new POWs were sent to camps in Germany by train via a holding station in Salonika. Because Sydney had been taken prisoner before his OCTU training, he was sent with all the other ranks to a series of working camps, first around Berlin, then around Torgau. Sydney died in 2012, shortly after correcting the proofs of this book.
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Publisher
The History Press
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Published on
Mar 3, 2014
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780750956895
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Military
History / Military / World War II
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