Behind Enemy Lines: The Autobiography of Britain's Most Decorated Living War Hero

Behind Enemy Lines: The Autobiography of Britain's Most Decorated Living War Hero


By (author) Sir Tommy Macpherson, By (author) Richard Bath

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  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 20mm | 120g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1845967089
  • ISBN 13: 9781845967086
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 1 x 8pp b/w
  • Sales rank: 120,725

Product description

With three Military Crosses, three Croix de guerre, a Legion d'honneur and a papal knighthood for his heroics during the Second World War, Sir Tommy Macpherson is the most decorated living soldier of the British Army. Yet for 65 years the Highlander's story has remained untold. Few know how, aged 21, he persuaded 23,000 SS soldiers of the feared Das Reich tank column to surrender, or how Tommy almost single-handedly stopped Tito's Yugoslavia annexing the whole of north-east Italy. Twice captured, he escaped both times, marching through hundreds of miles of German-held territory to get home. Still a schoolboy when war broke out, Tommy quickly matured into a legendary commando, and his remarkable story features a dizzyingly diverse cast of characters, including Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery and Charles de Gaulle.

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Author information

Sir Tommy Macpherson was born in Edinburgh in 1920. He now divides his time between London and Newtonmore. Richard Bath is an award-winning journalist who edits Scottish Field magazine and writes for Scotland on Sunday on history, politics, food and sport. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and three children.

Review quote

"My book of the year, without question ... reads like a combination of a Biggles adventure and Dick Barton" -- Jeffrey Archer in Books of the Year 2010 Daily Telegraph "One of Scotland's most courageous sons" Sunday Herald "Recreates the adventure" The Times Literary Supplement