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Captive Kiwi
By R.H. Thomson

"In 1941 the British Navy, and some of the British Army, left the island of Crete but I didn't. Nor did several thousand other dejected lads...' So begins this striking story of a New Zealander's grim game of hide and seek with the Germans after the fall of Crete.

A wartime warrant officer, Mr Thomson was sent to Salonika Camp (`this was a bad place') and he made two train escapes before bad luck and a battered body made him a captive kiwi in Germany. Until his final capture, Mr Thomson endured great physical hardship, not only in the pitiless Greek winter but at the hands of German guards.

The author has written an impressive and entertaining account of his experiences. It is both an adventure story and a study of men in harsh captivity; some act nobly, some despicably. Mr Thomson hits the mark: he writes in a dry, rather off hand way, and often his under-playing glosses over what must have been a distressing physical ordeal for him and his mates. The author is bitter about the behaviour of his German captors and he makes some general comments on the character of `the master race'.

Hardback, first edition 1964, 196pages, good condition, small wear/tear in dust jacket, name on front end page, price clipped
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