GREAT ESCAPES: The Story of MI9's WW2 Escape


GREAT ESCAPES: The Story of MI9's WW2 Escape

BARBARA A.BOND    Book Number: 86031    Product format: Hardback

Delve into the secret world of MI9, a new military intelligence branch, and discover its historical background and purpose behind its creation, its secret mapping programme and its unique place in the war effort. The production of maps on silk, rayon and tissue to the ingenious methods of smuggling escape maps into the prisoner of war camps hidden inside everyday items such as Monopoly boards, chess sets, cricket bats and playing cards is endlessly fascinating. Read about the involvement of commercial companies, coded correspondence with the camps, the Schaffhausen Salient and Airey Neave's escape, escaping through the Baltic Ports, decoding a hidden message and there is even a carto-bibliography. MI9 had been created in December 1939 to provide escape and evasion support to captured servicemen and to airmen shot down over enemy-held territory during the course of World War Two. Without question many thousands of men who successfully escaped made it back to these shores because of these maps and tactics. An extraordinary story told in a most visually exciting book with dozens of detailed maps, drawings of everyday life in camps, contemporary photos, diagrams such as the plan of Colditz, examples of coded letters together with explanations of the marks, top secret documents reproduced, designs for concealed compartments in a game photographed, forged identity cards in facsimile and more. A Times publication, 264pp, 7¾" x 10".
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ISBN 9780008141301
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