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Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue by Andrew Martin
  

Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue

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Andrew Martin has uncovered a WWII story of desperation and great bravery, based on the diary of Gyles Mackrell, a tea planter who together with a band of elephants and their mahouts waded into treacherous jungle to rescue stranded servicemen, a pregnant woman and a spaniel – over 200 people in all. The terrain is unforgiving, the trekkers almost starving, there is monsoon and worst of all hundreds of leeches but it is that or to be overrun by the Japanese. This is an excellent reconstruction of what happened and I particularly valued the three end chapters that detailed what had happened afterwards to those who were involved

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Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue by Andrew Martin

The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission. In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell - a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma - with the aid of twenty elephants. At the age of 53, Mackrell went into the 'green hell' of the Chaukan Pass on the border of North Burma and Assam. Here, Mackrell and a team of elephant riders rescued Indian army soldiers, British civilians and their Indian servants, from the pursuing Japanese, directing the elephants through raging rivers, and territory infested with sand flies, mosquitoes and innumerable leeches. Those he saved were all on the point of death from starvation or fever: that summer was spent in a fight against time. Now in Andrew Martin's hands this tale of heroics is given the shape of a suspenseful adventure, a wartime rescue whose facts are the stuff of fiction. 'Flight By Elephant' is a gripping chronicle of war and survival, starring everyone's favourite animal - the powerful, exotic and hugely loveable elephant.

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'A delightful, true-life Boys Own adventure, brilliantly told with delicious, dry with by a writer in full command of his subject James Delingpole' - Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. His critically praised 'Jim Stringer' series began with The Necropolis Railway in 2002. The following titles in the series, Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line, were shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award and, in 2008, Andrew Martin was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. The Somme Stations won the 2011 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.

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Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Andrew Martin

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Author's Website

jimstringernovels.com/

Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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True war & combat stories
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
Second World War

ISBN

9780007512720

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