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Fight Another Day is a classic Second World War prisoner-of-war 'home-run' escape story by the man who went on to lead M19, who organised the POW escape chains from Nazi occupied Europe.
As a young subaltern in the Coldstream Guards, Jimmy Langley lost his arm at Dunkirk and was captured but eventually escaped via Lille, Paris, Marseilles, Spain and Gibraltar. He describes the fierce fighting outside Dunkirk, his captivity, escape and extraordinary life in Vichy France, before the Germans controlled it. His fellow escapees and the French who sheltered them make a rich cast of characters.
On return to London, Langley was recruited into the Secret Service where he ran MI9, organising the safe return of allied soldiers, sailors and airmen who had succeeded in either escaping from or evading the Germans. He describes the astonishing
courage and sacrifice of the heroic underground operators who ran these escape lines through Nazi-occupied Belgium and France. Despite betrayal and infiltration from Germans, collaborators and traitors, over 3,000 men were safely brought back to 'fight another day'.
Langley was joined by Airey Neave after his historic home run from Colditz, and together they had to wrestle with rival secret organisations for resources to carry out their vital work. Readers gain a fascinating insider-view of the wartime secret service. All this and more is brilliantly described in this gripping, beautifully written book.
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