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Author Monteath, Peter, author

Title Escape artist : the incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck / Peter Monteath
Published Sydney, N.S.W. : NewSouth Publishing, 2017
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Contents ""Title Page""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Prologue""; ""1. Woollahra to Tobruk""; ""2. Anzacs in Greece""; ""3. The battle for Crete""; ""4. Stranded at Sfakia""; ""5. Captive in Crete""; ""6. On the run""; ""7. Special Operations""; ""8. Farewell to Crete""; ""9. To Italy""; ""10. Armistice""; ""11. The escape artist""; ""12. Partisans""; ""13. Guest of the Gestapo""; ""14. Escape from San Vittore""; ""15. The SOE in Italy""; ""16. The doomed republic""; ""17. Victory""; ""18. Aftermath""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""
Summary The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck. In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his first prison break - an audacious night-time escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp in Crete. Astoundingly, this was only the first of many escapes. An infantryman in the 2/7 Battalion, Johnny Peck was first thrown into battle against Italian forces in the Western Desert. Campaigns against Hitler's Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe in Greece and Crete followed. When Crete fell to the Germans at the end of May 1941, Peck was trapped on the island with hundreds of other men. On the run, they depended on their wits, the kindness of strangers, and sheer good luck. When Peck's luck ran out, he was taken captive by the Germans, then the Italians. Later, after his release from a Piedmontese jail following the Italian Armistice of 1943, and at immense risk to his own life, Peck devoted himself to helping POWs cross the Alps to safety. Captured once more, Peck was sentenced to death and detained in Milan's notorious, Gestapo-run San Vittore prison - until escaping again, this time into Switzerland. Historian Peter Monteath reveals the action-packed tale of one young Australian soldier and his remarkable war
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 21, 2017)
Subject Peck, John Desmond, 1922-2002
Australia. Australian Army. Battalion, 2/7th
World War (1939-1945)
Escaped prisoners of war -- Australia -- Biography
Escaped prisoners of war -- Italy -- Biography
Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Australia -- Biography
Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Italy -- Biography
Prisoners of war -- Australia -- Biography
Prisoners of war -- Italy -- Biography
Soldiers -- Australia -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Australian
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Italian
Escaped prisoners of war.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
Military participation -- Australian.
Prisoner-of-war escapes.
Prisoners of war.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526727544
1742242847 (electronic bk.)
1742248322 (electronic bk.)
9781742242842 (electronic bk.)
9781742248325 (electronic bk.)