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The Long Way Home
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ISBN:
9781843410607
Categories
Military, History & Adventure
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
01 June 2012
Format
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
160

The Long Way Home

Introduction by Trevor Royle
Foreword by George Robertson
by John McCallum - Find out more about the author

   

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'I couldn’t stop turning the pages … a great tale – with a deep message' – George Robertson

'A dashed good read. Especially as his escape was successful’  Jack McLean, The Herald

At the age of nineteen, Glasgow-born John McCallum signed up as a Supplementary Reservist in the Signal Corps. A little over a year later, he was in France, working frantically to set up communication lines as Europe once more hurtled towards war. Wounded and captured at Boulogne, he was sent to the notorious Stalag VIIIB prison camp, together with his brother, Jimmy, and friend Joe Harkin.

Ingenious and resourceful, the three men set about planning their escape. With the help of Traudl, a local girl whom John had met while working in nearby Bad Karlsbrunn, they put their plan into action. In an astonishing coincidence, they passed through the town of Sagan, around which the seventy-six airmen of the Great Escape were being pursued and caught. However, unlike most of these other escapees, John, Jimmy and Joe eventually made it to freedom.

Now, due to the declassification of documents under the Official Secrets Act, John McCallum is finally able to tell the thrilling story of his adventure, in which he recaptures all the danger, audacity and romance of one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War.

John McCallum was born in Glasgow in 1917, and was brought up there and in Oban. He left school aged 14 to work as a Boy Messenger in the Post Office.  Aged 18, he transferred to its Engineering Department as a trainee and spent two years on external telephone work, later being transferred to indoor work on switchboards.  He joined the Supplementary Reserves in the Royal Signal Corps in 1935, where his step-brother Jimmy O’Neill was already enlisted.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen (George Robertson) was elected to the House of Commons in 1978. He was appointed Defence Secretary in 1997 and was Secretary General of NATO from 1999 to 2003.

Trevor Royle is a broadcaster and author specialising in the history of war and empire. He is Associate Editor of the Sunday Herald and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Trevor’s books include The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War and A Time of Tyrants: Scotland and the Second World War.


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Isabel van Haperen
Jan 25, 2016
An absolutely entrancing book, I picked it up out of intrigue and have finished it within a couple of days (it would have been quicker but you can't read much when you work 16 hour days).
Well written, interesting and absolutely fascinating. I was completely devastated when I got to the end and wished there was more to read.


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