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313 days to Christmas : a human record of war and imprisonment

Author: Alan Mackay
Publisher: Glendaruel : Argyll Pub., 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Fifty-five years ago, on 15th February 1943, it was 313 days to Christmas and the prisoners of war in Stalag Luft III, Sagan, were bored and restless. Alan Mackay, a trainee journalist turned RAF bomber pilot, decided something had to be done to stop the negative rumour-mongering and to boost morale. And so the Daily Recco was born -- a newspaper pinned daily to the prison camp wall. This was the only newspaper of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Newspapers
Named Person: Alan Mackay
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Mackay
ISBN: 1874640742 9781874640745
OCLC Number: 40753587
Description: 143 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 29 cm
Contents: Flying high --
O for Orange --
For you the war is over --
Kriegies --
The birth of the Recco --
Death of the holiday camp --
Success --
Splitters --
Competition --
Parcels up --
Restrictions --
New walls --
Debate --
Morale & Morality --
Departures & arrivals --
The turning of the tide --
Verboten --
Freedom & boat --
How many days to Christmas?
Other Titles: Three hundred and thirteen days to Christmas.
Responsibility: Alan Mackay.

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"Fifty-five years ago, on 15th February 1943, it was 313 days to Christmas and the prisoners of war in Stalag Luft III, Sagan, were bored and restless. Alan Mackay, a trainee journalist turned RAF bomber pilot, decided something had to be done to stop the negative rumour-mongering and to boost morale. And so the Daily Recco was born -- a newspaper pinned daily to the prison camp wall. This was the only newspaper of its kind published during the Third Reich and one that survived through two POW camps. Copies of the Daily Recco were carried out of the camp and kept safe by sympathisers. They survive to this day. Including extracts and exact replica copies of the Daily Recco, 313 Days to Christmas is a unique and detailed record of the war experience for many. Alan Mackay records the story of his own war, being shot down on a bomber mission over North Africa and subsequent years of incarceration in German prison camps"--Jacket.

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