I Was A Stranger

I Was A Stranger Badly wounded at the battle of Arnhem and then spirited from his hospital bed by the Dutch Resistance Brigadier John Hackett spent the winter of in Nazi occupied Holland hidden by a Dutch fami

  • Title: I Was A Stranger
  • Author: John W. Hackett
  • ISBN: 9780712665629
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • Badly wounded at the battle of Arnhem, and then spirited from his hospital bed by the Dutch Resistance, Brigadier John Hackett spent the winter of 1944 in Nazi occupied Holland, hidden by a Dutch family, at great risk to their own lives, in a house a stone s throw from a German military police billet After four months in hiding, Hackett was at last well enough to strap aBadly wounded at the battle of Arnhem, and then spirited from his hospital bed by the Dutch Resistance, Brigadier John Hackett spent the winter of 1944 in Nazi occupied Holland, hidden by a Dutch family, at great risk to their own lives, in a house a stone s throw from a German military police billet After four months in hiding, Hackett was at last well enough to strap a battered suitcase to an ancient bicycle and set out on a high adventure which would, he hoped, lead him to freedom.

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    1. I read this book with more-than-usual interest, as my Grandfather was an "underdiver" in the Netherlands during part of the war. I was astounded at General Hackett's recall of events until I got to the end where he told how he wrote this account in the year after it happened. Nonetheless, he must have been taking notes - his descriptions are as crisp and clear as if they happened yesterday.This is a book full of remarkable people. Hackett himself, the family he was hidden by (Uncles, Aunts, brot [...]

    2. Striking autobiography of a wounded British Brigadier General, given to the care of the Nazis as the British withdrew from the failed attempt to capture Arnheim, then hidden by a Dutch family for more than four months until well enough to bicycle miles in the snow, then cross two rivers to British held territory. Most noteworthy--because it has essentially vanished from today's world--is the staunch Christian faith that kept hope alive both for the author and for the family taking the grave risk [...]

    3. During the Battle of Arnhem in World War II , British General Sir John Hackett was severely injured. He was taken to a hospital being held by Germans. A German doctor wanted to give him Morphine and let him die, but a South African doctor performed what was then a very risky surgery. He was due to be sent to a prisoner of war camp, ( where I'm guessing that in the shape he was in he would have died) when he was spirited out of the hospital by the Dutch resistance and went into hiding in the town [...]

    4. "They also serve who only stand and wait." This quotation from one of Milton's sonnets sums up John Hackett's attitude toward his time hidden and hiding from the Nazis in the Netherlands. He was a brigadier, leading a British parachute company, wounded in the fall of 1944. I give away nothing to say he escaped, the map and fact of the book give that away. Nonetheless, the reader feels the tension, not knowing exactly how the escape will be made or who all will make it. Hackett writes well (with [...]

    5. Superb. According to an American friend of mine: ‘Riveting! Fine writing; powerful, intense, concise, nary a word not relevant to the telling. [I’m] transfixed by the tale.’ (A handsome new hardback edition was published early in 2014 by Slightly Foxed, London.)

    6. This book tells a truly remarkable war story of a Dutch family that harbours an English General behind enemy lines in World War II. One of the greatest surprises is that it is very well-written. The drama of the escape from occupied Holland is particularly harrowing.

    7. As a person that typically reads fiction, the read was a bit dry but I couldn't give up on it! Hackett's story is so unique and fantastical that even the parts that were a little snoozy were worth the read!

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