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Four-Fifty Miles to Freedom

Kenneth Darlaston Yearsley (1892-1965)

1. Preface - Prisoner of War
2. Chapter 1 - Kastamoni to Changri
3. Chapter 2, Part 1 - First Plans for Escape
4. Chapter 2, Part 2 - First Plans for Escape
5. Chapter 3 - An Attempt that Failed
6. Chapter 4, Part 1 - Yozgad Camp
7. Chapter 4, Part 2 - Yozgad Camp
8. Chapter 5, Part 1 - The Flag Falls
9. Chapter 5, Part 2 - The Flag Falls
10. Chapter 6, The Peaceful Shepherds
11. Chapter 7 - Recaptured?
12. Chapter 8, Part 1 - The Ancient Halys
13. Chapter 8, Part 2 - The Ancient Halys
14. Chapter 9 - A Retreat Under Fire
15. Chapter 10 - The Three Huns
16. Chapter 11 - In the Heart of the Taurus
17. Chapter 12, Part 1 - Down to the Sea
18. Chapter 12, Part 2 - Down to the Sea
19. Chapter 13, Part 1 - On the Coast
20. Chapter 13, Part 2 - On the Coast
21. Chapter 14, Part 1 - Failure and Success
22. Chapter 14, Part 2 - Failure and Success
23. Chapter 15 - Freedom
24. Chapter 16 - Conclusion

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Summary

Four-Fifty Miles to Freedom is the true but little known story of the escape of eight British Prisoners-of-War from a Turkish POW camp during the First World War. The story, written by two of the escapees, describes their life in the various POW camps in Turkey in which they were moved around, and then their well-planned and executed escape from the camp at Yozgad. They were then faced with a trek of over three hundred miles across arid deserts, and a mountain range, constantly searching for water, all the while attempting to avoid detection by soldiers and the local population. A further 120 miles of hostile ocean faced them when eventually reaching the coast before they eventually set foot on friendly soil. A 'boys own' story of derring-do and survival against all odds. A must listen-to story!