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    Description"Commando to Colditz is an unusual, perhaps unique, war story. It is centred around a most unusual war hero: Michael 'Micky' Burn, soldier, poet and novelist, whose journey from fascist follower, to commander of Six Troop, to Commando, to prisoner (and communist lecturer) in the notorious prison of Colditz forms the focal point of this powerful narrative. In 1942 Micky led his commando troop of 28 men on one of the most daring raids of the Second World War, the assault on the French port of St Nazaire. As a result of this 'night of fire and death', fourteen of Micky's men were killed; seven, including Burn, were captured. Micky's bond with his soldiers is at the story's heart. Before the raid, he had asked his parents to write to his men's families if the worst should happen; the result was the creation of a rich and moving archive of letters between these grieving or anxious families, letters that illuminate the lives and deaths of a small but close-knit group of British soldiers and those who loved them."

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    Commando to Colditz
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Stanley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 711 g
    ISBN 13: 9781741963847
    ISBN 10: 1741963842

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC subject category V2: BTM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.2
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    DC22: 940.54214
    Thema V1.0: DNXM
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Imprint name
    PIER 9
    Publication date
    01 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Millers Point
    Author Information
    Dr Peter Stanley migrated with his family from Britain aged 10 in 1966. He has become Australia's leading military-social historians, the author of twenty books, including Tarakan: an Australian Tragedy, White Mutiny: British Military Culture in India 1825-75, For Fear of Pain: British Surgery 1790-1850, Quinn's Post, Anzac, Gallipoli, Invading Australia: Japan and the Battle for Australia, 1942 and A Stout Pair of Boots: Exploring Australia's Battlefields. His next book for Murdoch/Pier 9 will be Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny and Murder in the Great War. Peter worked for the Australian War Memorial from 1980 to 2007, where he was Principal Historian, and is now Director of the Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.