The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram by David M. GussAfter the Second World War, Alastair Cram was awarded the Military Cross for his outstanding persistency and ingenuity in repeatedly attempting to escape. This book tells his terrifying, shocking but ultimately inspiring story - one mans wits pitted against the might of Nazi-occupied Europe, with a determination that would never let him yield to captivity, no matter how grim the prospects. David Guss has had access to previously unpublished journals and records, and this book is a lasting tribute to a man whose story might otherwise have been lost and forgotten. Highly recommended.
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Nor, for that matter, will you know that he was the greatest serial escaper of the Second World War. It is remarkable that his story has never before been told, yet this is perhaps as Cram intended. He was a veritable maestro of escape and disguise and extremely private and his wartime survival depended on his ability to remain incognito for weeks on end.
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Review: The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram by David M Guss — exploits of a serial absconder
Many of his fellow prisoners of war regarded him as some kind of mystic, a guru in the art of escaping. Lieutenant Cram broke out of captivity 21 times, finally reaching the safety of the Allied lines just weeks before the German surrender. He took on many disguises, jumped from trains, cut through barbed wire, scaled fortifications, crawled through tunnels — which he hated — and, in an attempt to be repatriated, feigned illness. Some of his escapes were curtailed after just a few hours, others after several weeks. And in all this, he came to know the reality of Nazi oppression at…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
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David M Guss has written the barely believable story of Alastair Cram, a Scottish prisoner of war who attempted a record 21 prison escapes during the Second World War. Described by his widow Isobel as a private and reserved man, Cram wrote about his experiences in his journals after returning from the war. Harrowing and deeply touching, 21 Escapes pays homage to an inspiring figure and the determination of the human spirit. Read More. The Bloody Scotland crime writing festival had an attendance of over 10, for the first time.
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He subsequently made 21 escape attempts, eventually succeeding just before the end of the war. He was awarded the Military Cross for his escape efforts. Cram was born in Perth, the son of solicitor Duncan Cram. He was an outstanding athlete, founding the Perth chapter of the Junior Mountaineering Club in and winning the Scottish A. He was stationed in Germany on intelligence duties in November , serving with the War Crimes Commission.