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!