Destined to Survive: A Dieppe Veteran's Story

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Dundurn, Jan 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 144 pages
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Private Jack Poolton was among the Canadians landing at the disastrous raid on Dieppe. Fortunate to have survived, Jack was taken to a prisoner of war camp in Germany. In Destined to Survive: A Dieppe Veteran's Story, Jack Poolton relates the story of his training, capture, and experiences in the POW camp. We follow Jack's three escape attempts, and his subsequent punishment. And we share his elation when Jack and his fellow prisoners are liberated by American soldiers.

Poolton and the other POWs never lost their desire to escape. Throughout the ordeal, Jack dreamed of one day celebrating the end of the war, and an allied victory. He eventually celebrated V-E Day in England.

Written as a tribute to the fifty-fifth anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, Destined to Survive is an extraordinary contribution to Canadian military history. Poolton's honest prose reveals the emotions of a man devoted to King and country, and determined to survive at all costs. The gripping account brings the reader to a new understanding about soldiers, prisoners, and war.

  

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Contents

Joining Up
11
The Land of the Midnight Sun
15
Joining the Second Division
19
Operation Rutter
29
Operation Jubilee
31
Blue Beach
37
Captivity
41
Train Ride to Hell
49
Escape
69
Foiled by the Snow
85
Peiskretscham
91
The Death March
103
The Morning I Saw the Angels
115
Back in England
125
Homeward Bound
131
Epilogue
141

Life at Stalag VIIIB
55
The Tunnel
65

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About the author (1998)

Jack A. Poolton was a private in the Canadian Second Division, D Company, in World War II. After the war he worked as a mechanic until retirement at age 65. He and his wife, Colette, have three children and nine grandchildren.

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Jack A. Poolton was a private in the Canadian Second Division, D Company, in World War II. After the war he worked as a mechanic until retirement at age 65. He and his wife, Colette, have three children and nine grandchildren.

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