Monty’s new book, ‘Escaping Hitler: Stories of Courage and Endurance on the Freedom Trails’, is now out and available to buy. Written to accompany the WWII’s Great Escapes series on Channel 4, the book mixes new research, interviews with survivors and Monty’s own experience of walking Europe’s Freedom Trails. Read the full synopsis below.
As part of the launch, Monty will be undertaking a WWII’s Great Escapes book tour. In these exclusive talks and book signings, Monty reveals the story behind the filming of WWII’s Great Escapes and describes the routes themselves – through the stunning mountains and valleys of Italy, the stark beauty of the Pyrenees, and the forests of Slovenia. Using images and footage from the series, it tells tales of heroism, endurance, sacrifice and humanity. Copies of Escaping Hitler will be available to purchase at the events.
Escaping Hitler: Stories of Courage and Endurance on the Freedom Trails
‘I was on a train, and a German soldier began shouting at me and poking me in the ribs with his machine gun. I just thought that was it, the game was up . . .’
Downed airman Bob Frost faced danger at every turn as he was smuggled out of France and over the Pyrenees. Prisoner of war Len Harley went on the run in Italy, surviving months in hiding and then a hazardous climb over the Abruzzo mountains with German troops hot on his heels. These are just some of the stories told in heart-stopping detail as Monty Halls takes us along the freedom trails out of occupied Europe, from the immense French escape lines to lesser-known routes in Italy and Slovenia.
Escaping Hitler features spies and traitors, extraordinary heroism from those who ran the escape routes and offered shelter to escapees, and great feats of endurance. The SAS in Operation Galia fought for forty days behind enemy lines in Italy and then, exhausted and pursued by the enemy, exfiltrated across the Apennine mountains. And in Slovenia Australian POW Ralph Churches and British Les Laws orchestrated the largest successful Allied escape of the entire war.
Mixing new research, interviews with survivors and his own experience of walking the trails, Monty brings the past to life in this dramatic and gripping slice of military history.
Escaping Hitler is now available to buy online and in all good book stores.