Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees (Paperback)
  • Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees (Paperback)
zoom

Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees (Paperback)

(author)
5 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£12.99
Paperback 496 Pages
Published: 27/02/2014
  • 5+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep – the more so in the dark and in winter. Even for the fit the journey is a formidable challenge. Hundreds of those who climbed through the Pyrenees during the Second World War were malnourished and exhausted after weeks on the run hiding in barns and attics. Many never even reached the Spanish border.

Today their bravery and endurance is commemorated each July by a trek along the Chemin de la Liberté – the toughest and most dangerous of wartime routes. From his fellow pilgrims Edward Stourton uncovers stories of midnight scrambles across rooftops and drops from speeding trains; burning Lancasters, doomed love affairs, horrific murder and astonishing heroism.

The lives of the men, women and children who were drawn by the war to the Pyrenees often read as breathtakingly exciting adventure, but they were led against a background of intense fear, mounting persecution and appalling risk. Drawing on interviews with the few remaining survivors and the families of those who were there, Edward Stourton’s vivid history of this little-known aspect of the Second World War is shocking, dramatic and intensely moving.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552777896
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is a very shocking book. It recaptures the adventure and the horror as it brilliantly conjures up the voices of the past. - Jason Goodwin, Country Life

Charming but astute, Stourton captures not only the extraordinary courage of the escapers and the passeurs, or guides, who helped them, but the sense of danger and excitement as they evaded their pursuers. - Adrian Brewer, The Tablet

A moving retelling of some of the war's most heroic episodes - Nigel Jones, Sunday Telegraph

Stourton's richly rewarding research into the wartime journeys across the Pyrenees reminds us of so many dramatic stories of courage, tragedy, endurance and survival. - Iain Finlayson, Saga Magazine

Stourton writes evocatively and with sensitivity... an engaging collection of tales. - Viv Watts, Daily Express

You may also be interested in...

Normandy ‘44
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Dam Busters
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Overlord
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Bomber!
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Ten Thousand Eyes
Added to basket
Operation Jubilee
Added to basket
Dünkirchen 1940
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Greatest Raid
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
D-Day Minute By Minute
Added to basket
Chanel's Riviera
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
A Certain Idea of France
Added to basket
The Vanished Collection
Added to basket
D-Day
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
War in the Shadows
Added to basket
D-Day Through German Eyes
Added to basket
Blitzkrieg
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback

“Good read”

I only read this book as I was sent it to review in a "pot luck" draw. I am pleased that I didn't miss it. Most of us have heard of the French Resistance but this book tells how people were then taken... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 80

“a great read”

When I saw the author's name I knew I was in for a treat - I listen to Ed Stourton on Radio 4 whenever I get the chance. I wasn't disappointed! I take my hat off to him - the research he must've done to... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 69

“A Moving History”

Edward Stourton's book is a well researched collection of personal stories which include tragedy, bravery and feats of derring do! I found the writing style to be a little disjointed, but overall it reminds the... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 57

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: