Following on from the author's earlier book, the well-received Wire and Walls: RAF PoWs in Itzehoe, Spangenberg and Thorn 1939-42, Wire and Worse provides for the first time a detailed account of the history of RAF PoWs during this crucial phase of the war at some of the most infamous PoW camps in Germany. Based upon correspondence with survivors, as well as unpublished diaries and manuscripts, the book includes a fascinating selection of contemporary illustrations that graphically portray the reality of life as a PoW during World War 2. As the course of the war swung against the Allies, following the defeat in France and Western Europe and as the RAF sought to take the aerial war to the heart of the Third Reich, so the number of RAF PoWs increased dramatically - a facet dramatically brought to life in this absorbing account of the period. Comprehensive and highly detailed, no historian of the role of the RAF during World War 2 can afford to ignore this title. This book portrays vividly the actuality of life as an RAF PoW.
Well researched and written, it provides a graphic description of life in the camps which was a lot grimmer than some of the films and literature dealing with the suject, has shown.