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The memoirs of one of the last surviving heroes of the Second World War

With three Military Crosses, three Croix de guerre, a Légion 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.

Still a schoolboy when war broke out, Tommy quickly matured into a legendary commando. Twice captured, he escaped both times, marching through hundreds of miles of German-held territory to get home.

With a dizzyingly diverse cast of characters, including Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery and Charles de Gaulle, Behind Enemy Lines is an astonishing story of how an ordinary boy came to achieve truly extraordinary feats when war came calling.

Reviews

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

Recreates the adventure

The Times Literary Supplement

One of Scotland's most courageous sons

Sunday Herald

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  • Paperback

    9781845967086

    February 15, 2012

    Mainstream Publishing

    288 pages

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    9781907195389

    January 11, 2011

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    288 pages

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