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By David Westheimer

One thousand British and American POWs discover ways to hate the yank colonel who singlehandedly shapes them up. His strict self-discipline brings order to the camp; it additionally earns him a derisive "von." whilst Italy surrenders, German guards herd the lads into boxcars for cargo to the Reich. Ryan has different principles. He reckons to take the educate to Switzerland...and freedom.
"A taut, intriguing and well-keyed battle novel...Ryan is a tricky hero to love, yet he's a hero still. a thrilling, actual book." (Book Week)

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We can’t cross north yet possibly we will move east or west,’ he stated. ‘We’ve bought to come again at the street the place we will be able to finish the guards and take off. ’ He pointed on the rail line operating north-west via Modena and Parma. ‘Why don’t we ask to be routed this manner? they could switch us north while the site visitors thins down. ’ ‘The dispatcher’s already became us down on that, cuhnel,’ acknowledged Costanzo. ‘Traffic’s relocating fantastic via Parma all the solution to Milan yet he wouldn’t provide the engineer a specific thing going north anywhere alongside the road. ’ Ryan rubbed his chin thoughtfully and bent over the map again. ‘Why now not? ’ he murmured, as though to himself. ‘We’ll have him direction us to Milan? ’ he stated in a louder voice. ‘Milan? ’ Fincham cried. ‘Are you round the bend? ’ ‘One means or one other we’ve acquired to get rolling. It doesn’t subject if it’s towards Verona or the place. simply so we will be able to get out into open nation and bail out ahead of sunrise. ’ ‘They’d by no means enable a educate sure for Verona to alter for Milan,’ Fincham protested. ‘It’s the incorrect bloody direction. They’d no longer be so silly. ’ ‘They may possibly if we had the best story,’ Ryan said. ‘Between the capitulation and the German takeover and the overall confusion they hardly ever recognize if they’re coming or going. Padre, how’s your written German? ’ ‘Fine, if Ah can print. My script’s not anything to brag approximately. ’ ‘This may be revealed. i would like you to jot down what I inform you on a kind of radio message types, purely convey it in German construction. ’ Costanzo sat down on the folding desk whereas Ryan paced back and forth, fingers in the back of his again. ‘You are suggested to continue to Milan with no delay,’ he stated. He waited whereas Costanzo translated his phrases into German on the message shape. ‘At Milan you'll tackle twelve Allied officer prisoners and clean defense troops,’ he endured, ‘and obtain special directions concerning a consignment from Gruppenfuehrer … Padre, what’s an excellent German identify, kind of universal yet no longer too? ’ ‘Dietrich? ’ ‘That’ll do … concerning a consignment from Gruppenfuehrer Dietrich to be introduced for my part through you instantly upon arrival in Innesbruck en path to initially deliberate vacation spot. whilst you’ve bought that down, signal it Obergruppenfuehrer something-or-other, S S, Rome. no longer too legibly, in case a person takes an in depth glance. ’ Costanzo passed the message shape to Ryan whilst he finished. ‘Looks reliable sufficient to me,’ acknowledged Ryan. ‘I hope the dispatcher doesn’t be aware of any further approximately this type of factor than I do. ’ ‘Seems a section skinny to me,’ Fincham acknowledged doubtfully. ‘You’d be shocked what you will get through with while things are in a flap and also you act such as you recognize what you’re doing,’ Ryan stated. ‘And the worst which may ensue is they flip us down. ’ Ryan sat Klement down with Costanzo and commenced training him in his function. Klement shook his head doggedly while it was once first defined to him. ‘He says it’s impossible,’ Costanzo translated, ‘and you’ll blame him while it fails.

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