by Daniel Riddiford M.C.
Softcover, 220 pages
Reviewed by Paul Harrison, February 2005
The remarkable story of a New Zealand Soldier who was captured in North Africa at Sidi Rezegh in November 1941, and escaped to rejoin the allies in November 1943.
Apart from the numerous attempts to escape in the early stages of captivity, Lieutenant Riddiford’s swapping of identity with a fellow Kiwi POW, (a Bombardier) was the most dramatic step, which allowed him to be placed in a POW camp from which escape was more practical.
Riddiford spent some time with the Partisans in Yugoslavia, and these accounts are also fascinating on the politics in the Balkans at the time.
Post WWII Riddiford became a member of parliament from 1960 – 1972.