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The soldier who came back

The soldier who came back

: The true account of a heart-stopping journey and a heart-breaking decision

by Steve Foster with Alan Clark
25th October, 2018

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'The extraordinary story of one of the most audacious escape attempts of the Second World War' Dan Snow

In Northern Poland in 1940, at the Nazi war camp Stalag XX-A, two men struck up an unlikely friendship that was to lead to one of the most daring and remarkable wartime escape stories ever told.

Antony Coulthard was the privately educated son of wealthy parents and he had a first-class honours degree in modern languages from Oxford. Fred Foster was the son of a bricklayer from Nottinghamshire - he had left school with no qualifications aged 14.

This seemingly mismatched young pair bonded in the prison camp, and hatched a plan to disguise themselves as advertising executives working for Siemens. They would simply walk out of the camp, board a train - and head straight into the heart of Nazi Germany. Which is precisely what they did.

Their route into Germany was one that no one would think to search for escaped PoWs. This breathtakingly audacious plan involved 18 months of undercover work, including Antony (nicknamed 'The Professor' by fellow inmates) spending 3 hours every evening teaching Fred to speak German. They set off for the Swiss border via Germany, doing some sightseeing along the way in Munich and Berlin, taking notes of strategic interest while eating in restaurants and drinking beer with Nazi officers, just yards from Hitler's HQ.

But could they make it out alive?

Perfect for fans of The Last Escape by John Nichol and Escaping Hitler by Monty Halls.

Steve Foster was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He joined the Royal Navy in 1966 and went on to serve in numerous ships, including in the frigates HMS Andromeda and HMS Sheffield and the destroyer HMS Cardiff as the Marine Engineer Officer, being promoted to Commander in 1997.
After retiring from the Royal Navy in 2003, he and his wife lived in Brittany where they converted a farmhouse and returned to the UK in 2009. Since then he has researched the story told in this book.
Steve is married to Christine and has two grown-up children. He lives in Hampshire where he
enjoys motorcycle touring, classic motorcycles, mountain walking and military history.

Details & Specs

Author: Steve Foster Alan Clark


Publisher: Mirror Books


Format: Paperback


ISBN: 9781912624010


Publication Date: 25th October, 2018


Pages: 278


Dimensions: 198 x 138 x 19 mm


Notes: illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (colour)


Availability: Reprinting


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