I Ran But The Germans Ran Faster
From raiding parties in the North African desert and the invasion of Sicily and Italy, to his capture and incarceration by the Germans, this is the story of one man's remarkable service with the Commando's and the Special Air Service during WW2. An ordinary man, having to be something he should not have had to be, and do things that he should never have had to do, in order to remain ordinary. More
From his call up in 1940 to join the North Staffordshire Regiment, through service with the Commando’s at Tobruk, raiding airfields and helping create havoc with The Special Air Service in the North African desert and being part of the Invasion of Sicily with The Special Raiding Squadron, to finally being captured and becoming a Prisoner of War, Jack Buckley can be said to have had as remarkable a war as anyone.
But you would not have heard this from him.
Indeed, when he did talk of his experiences during World War Two they were, invariably, made light of.
The title of this book, ‘I Ran But The Germans Ran Faster’, was his stock reply when asked how he was captured.
In fact running away, as you will discover as you read his story, could not be further from the truth.
From being bombed whilst at sea on a gunboat, finding a spent German bullet in his backpack to rescuing his Troop Officer’s camera from an Italian encampment whilst under fire, this is an extraordinary tale of an ordinary man who went to war to ‘do his bit’, and came home to not tell the tale!
Jack Buckley would simply not talk about the war.
So on his behalf, I have.
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