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From the street fighting that heralded the German occupation to the Gestapo repression that followed, 'Rome – City in Terror: The Nazi Occupation 1943–44' is the gripping story of the German occupation of Rome from the Italian armistice in September 1943 until the Allied liberation of the city on 5 June 1944. In today's blog post, author Victor Failmezger shares the experience of a POW, British lieutenant, John Furman, during the occupation.Continue Reading
No Ordinary Pilot by Suzanne Campbell-Jones, recounts the incredible true story of Group Captain Bob Allen. On 25 July 1944, Bob was shot down, and the RAF informed his family that he had been ‘killed whilst on operations’. He spent the rest of the war in POW camps including the infamous Stalag Luft 3, where he was held in solitary confinement and interrogated by the Gestapo. In 1945, Bob underwent the infamous winter march before finally fleeing the camp and making his way to safety at the American HQ in Torgau. Today’s blog post, an extract from the book, recounts the day Bob Allen was shot down and captured.Continue Reading

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