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

by Andrew Martin

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

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.

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

'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

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ISBN: 9780007512720
Publication date: 24/04/2014
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780007512720
Publication date: 24th April 2014
Author: Andrew Martin
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: True war & combat stories, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Second World War,

About 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. Click here to read a Q&A with this author.

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