Sojourn in Silesia 1940-1945 by Arthur Evans CBE
Sojourn in Silesia 1940-1945 is the memoir of Arthur Evans CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and concerns his experiences in May of 1940 when he entered France as a member of the British Expeditionary Force, his subsequent wounding and capture by the Germans, his imprisonment in a German prisoner of war camp and his final liberation in May of 1945. Unlike most memoirs of World War Two, this one is not told from the point of view of a general, statesman or other grand strategist, but rather from that of an enlisted soldier: Arthur Evans was a sergeant. He tells a very engrossing, personal story, relating with considerable humility the story of his survival under sometimes horrendous conditions of exposure to the elements, brutality and near starvation. Acts of cruelty and kindness on the part of his captors are treated with an even hand in his narrative and he gives credit to his captors when it is due. Arthur Evans credits the International Red Cross with saving himself and his fellow prisoners from starvation during the first winter of his captivity and in the subsequent years and his heirs have arranged that the proceeds of any book sales go to that organization. This is an excellent book that never fails to carry the reader forward through Evans’ five year ordeal. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history and in stories of personal triumph over adversity.