A Merchant Seaman's Survival - An Autobiography - An Escape Story of World War II

This is a true-life World War 2 escape story. Edward J Sweeney’s merchant ship was sunk by a German
raider, which led to hair-raising escapes from jails in France and Spain. He was re-captured and
escaped from a German troop train on the way to a labour camp; a concentration camp in Argeles Sur
Mer, France; and from the notorious labour concentration camp at Miranda de Ebro, in Spain... More

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About Edward J. Sweeney

After his World War 2 escapes, Edward Sweeney met and married Betty. During many years of happy marriage they raised 3 children Allan, Barbara and Ray. Edward became a successful businessman with his company Grange Flooring, which did contracts for many councils, hospitals, schools, etc.. Before his wife died, they enjoyed round the world cruises and trips to his birthplace in Melbourne, Australia. Despite living in England for most of his life, Australia was always his home.

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Edward Sweeney's 70th Anniversary of ship sinking in WW2
20th Aug 2010 was 70th anniversary of sinking of SS Turakina in Tasman Sea. This led to Edward Sweeney being imprisoned on the German ship as it sunk other Allied ships, escaping from various prisons in Occupied France, escaping from two concentration camps, diving out of a German troop train on the way to a German labour camp, and walking across the Pyranees to Spain where he was captured again.

Edward Sweeney's 70th Anniversary of ship sinking in WW2 part 2
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Edward Sweeney's 70th Anniversary of ship sinking in WW2 part 3
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