The Dodger: The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's Cousin and the Great Escape (Paperback)
  • The Dodger: The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's Cousin and the Great Escape (Paperback)
zoom

The Dodger: The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's Cousin and the Great Escape (Paperback)

(author)
£12.99
Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 14/03/2013
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
The Dodger is the long-awaited story of Johnny Dodge, a wartime hero and a pivotal figure in the escapade immortalised in the legendary Hollywood film The Great Escape. Of all the Allied prisoners who broke out of Hermann Goering's 'escape proof' camp in the famous episode of March 1944, Johnny Dodge was the most intriguing. American-born Dodge was a cousin by marriage of Winston Churchill. When the Second World War broke out, he volunteered for the Army but was quickly captured after the debacle of Dunkirk. He became a prisoner of war and an inveterate escapologist and troublemaker - eventually becoming one of the ringleaders of the 'Great Escape'. Surviving the murderous Gestapo, he was thrown into a VIP compound of Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the orders of Heinrich Himmler - but escaped once more. After recapture, Johnny was spirited away by the SS to a meeting in Berlin with Hitler's interpreter, who sent him on a clandestine mission to his cousin in Downing Street. His odyssey through the dying embers of the Third Reich to Switzerland and freedom in the company of a louche Nazi apparatchik is the last curious escapade in the story of Johnny's adventurous life. The Dodger draws upon Dodge's voluminous private papers, including photographs taken inside prison camps and letters home, casting revealing new light on the myth of the Great Escape.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781780576060
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 231 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Book of the week" * Daily Mail *
"Tim Carroll has done a superb job in tracking down a mine of entertaining information on this unjustly forgotten figure" -- Nigel Jones * Sunday Telegraph *
"The biography of a swashbuckling adventurer right out of the pages of an Ian Fleming novel" * Scottish Field *
"Carroll has drawn on half a century's research - but he's also had the perspective that the passage of time can bring" * The Scotsman *

You may also be interested in...

The Lost Boys
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Last Witnesses
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Paperback
D-Day
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Unwomanly Face of War
Added to basket
Eight Days at Yalta
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
Appeasing Hitler
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Renia's Diary
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback
The Shortest History of Germany
Added to basket
Normandy '44
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
To Hell and Back
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Natural Born Heroes
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Big Week
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Nein!
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Blitzed
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Operation Mincemeat
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.99
Paperback
First to Fight
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.