23 Days, A Memoir of 1939

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Just finished this remarkable book.

It's the true story of a Polish guy Joe Podolski , a half trained medical student, who came from a landed educated farming family but was a partisan in Poland when Russia invaded Poland in 1939. He joins a band in the woods and has many bloody adventures thwarting the Russian occupation. He is captured, tortured and sent East for further interrogation by the Russian secret service. He has to fight for survival in prison in gang wars between Poles and Russian Mafia. He is sent by train further East to end his days in a Gulag. He escapes and has a long adventure until he ends up in the UK where he joins the RAF as a pilot. During his debriefing he learns that Germany will invade Russia and he is asked to go back to the combat zone by the SOE to gather intelligence and eliminate certain known spies. He goes back by submarine and lands with special forces and SOE. Then it gets really interesting..

The book was put together by his sons/grandsons from audio tape interviews made in the 1980's. Not for the squeamish, just published.
website http://www.23days.eu/ £10 delivered
 
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dantheman said:
I'll read that, thanks. Have you ever read the long walk? The author will come to me.... Brilliant read.
Slavomir Rawicz .On the kindle as I write, thanks. I'm pretty sure I know a version of the story though, there was a drama/documentary on TV. No doubt the book will be much better.
 
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