- 07-05-2012, 14:29 #1
Introducing my late father's account of his captivity during WW2
Hello Arrse Book Club!
Sojourn in Silesia
My daughter and I retyped the book last year after Dad died, aged nearly 95. She published it, as the original publishers had lost the hard copy!
I also do a blog of Dad's letters home from his prison camp in Upper Silesia.
Letters from Stalag VIIIB
We (my daughter and I) are obviously very proud of Dad and are really happy that he left an account of his interment. Many war heroes were understandably unable to talk about/ relive their experiences during the war. We are grateful he was able to, even though he was in his 80's before he felt able to put pen to paper (actually he used a word processor as I recall).
So, thanks for looking. On the off chance that you do buy/download/read the book, please leave a review on Amazon.co.uk.....we would be very grateful
(I do hope I have broken any forum rules).
Kathy of Lamsdorf Remembered.co.uk
- 08-05-2012, 23:07 #2
nice one , did you discover if any coded messages were in the letters and cards home at all ??A sapper with an idea is like a monkey with a hand grenade
- 09-05-2012, 10:23 #3
Hi, yes. Managed to work out (asked his sister) who Les Knowles was (Les Knowles' firm have been busy recently).
Les Knowles was a neighbour who'd joined the RAF. Dad was obviously referring to RAF activity he'd become aware of.
He also talks about Uncle Antonio and other Uncles, I believe referring to the various countries who were either doing well, or doing badly.
Uncle Joe (for Stalin I think).
In the last letter I have added to the blog, he refers to Uncle Anton.....is this still Antonio? Is it Spain or another country?
Thanks for your interest.
- 09-05-2012, 16:38 #4
- Join Date
- Sep 2005
- In my own little world
I've copied this thread into the Mil History Forum to give it a wider circulation.I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.
- 09-05-2012, 20:47 #5
Thanks for that.
I think for the last 2 years of the war at least, he could hear radio's either in German where he was working, or lads back in the POW camp had made rudimentary radios. So, his knowledge was from that, rather than there being local RAF activity.
- 11-05-2012, 13:20 #6
The Amazon Kindle version of Sojourn in Silesia by Arthur Evans CBE will be free for the very last time between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th May on Amazon. It won't be given away free again, so don't miss out!
Sojourn in Silesia has 5* reviews on Amazon and is also available in paperback. It was first published in 1995 and the 4th edition was published in July 2011 with some added extras at the front of the book.
Arthur Evans CBE served in the Irish Guards during WWII, but was captured the first day he arrived in France and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner, working in coal mines in Silesia.
“I read this book after it was recommended to me. Most enjoyable with tears in my eyes, probably on more than one occasion. It is amazing what the human body can take when subjected to the harshness of war?”
“My father was in the N.African desert during WW2 and never said much about it. Everyone should read books like this to know what really happened. I never knew men were so reliant on Red Cross parcels. An evocative book which I read in a day.”
“A very readable story of one man's account of being a prisoner of war. The pressures, anxieties and comradeship. It certainly gives food for thought about how anybody could not only survive the ordeal, but learn from it. Not the "Great Escape", but somehow all the more poignant.”
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- 11-05-2012, 14:36 #7
Just downloaded this after happening to stumble across it browsing Amazon. I'm sitting about half a mile from the Lever Bros factory your Dad worked in too, which was what made me download it!
- 11-05-2012, 16:02 #8
Oh wow, that's made my day I hope you enjoy the references to your area and you'll see more in my blog (link in original post).
We were over in the Wirral visiting Dad's sister who lives behind the Lever Bros labs (I think) in Leverhulme Court.
Enjoy the book, I am still grinning from ear to ear.
- 11-05-2012, 17:19 #9
Downloaded with sincere thanks, I shall enjoy reading this over the coming week..If there's one thing that mankind has learnt from history, it is, that mankind NEVER learns from history...
- 11-05-2012, 17:35 #10
Downloaded - shall read it on the coach to Goodison Park on Sunday
William Ralph (Dixie) Dean (Everton FC 1925–1937) was asked if he was ever spoken to by a referee he replied "Only once"....."And what did the referee say?"........."Would you like a peppermint, William?"