co-written by BENJAMIN CANN

Written 1990, Updated 2011, 2013

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 R Snape

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This is an epic tale of one man’s experiences during his time spent as a prisoner of war. It takes you from the Normandy Landings in June 1944 to the prison camps of Germany and Poland and tells of the bitter struggle of this man and his fellow prisoners to survive the long, cold central European winter of 1945.

I can relate to his story, as I was a prisoner of war myself for a long period. Many stories have been written about prisoners of war, they have been varied and have been largely “glamorised” for the consumption of the public. This is a stark story of a prisoner of war who experienced the hunger, cold and psychological battering of the Long or Black March as it was so aptly called. The march started in mid-winter, January 1945 in temperatures between 15 and 30 degrees below freezing and ending in the spring of 1945 only a few days prior to the end of the war in Europe. Many of our comrades fell by the wayside suffering from lack of food, dysentery, frostbite and the extinguishment of their human spirit. Many prisoners of war were injured and killed by German soldiers in cold blood or by Allied air power in the confusion of battle in the last desperate months of the Third Reich; we who survived still take time to remember them all from time to time.

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