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W.B. 'Sandy' Thomas



W.B. 'Sandy' Thomas, CB, DSO, MC and Bar, Silver Star (USA) was captured by Germans during the fall of Crete in 1941. After his miraculous escape he rose through the ranks from Lieutenant to Major General, and eventually became Army Commander, Far East Land Forces. He now lives in his native New Zealand.
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Dare To Be Free

W.B. 'Sandy' Thomas
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W.B. 'Sandy' Thomas

One of the greatest escape stories of World War Two.When the Germans invaded Crete in 1941, Sandy Thomas was shipped to the Greek mainland as one of their prisoners. Despite being severely wounded in the leg he attempted several escapes, including being carried out of his POW camp in a coffin. He finally succeeded in a spectacular escape, and made his way across Greece to Mount Athos, a rocky peninsula populated solely by monks. Here he evaded capture for over a year, before finally stealing a boat and navigating his way through winter seas to freedom in Turkey. This, his story, is one of the great escape narratives of the Second World War.