The Twisted Florin

Evasion from France, Escape from Italy Squadron Leader John Mott MBE

Stella Clare Marsh

The Twisted Florin

Stella Clare Marsh

Distributed for Uniform Press

With a Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier
192 pages | 100 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781910500583 Published December 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
The Twisted Florin is a compelling wartime adventure story that follows one of World War II’s forgotten heroes—Squadron Leader Arnold John Mott. As told by his niece, Stella Clare Marsh, his story offers a very personal and evocative tale of one man’s extraordinary wartime experiences.
 
Mott was a bomber pilot who completed nineteen missions before being shot down and captured, but following the Italian armistice he escaped into the Alps through Yugoslavia to rejoin service, this time with the No. 1 Special Force. The Twisted Florin details Mott’s incredible wartime bravery and offers fresh perspectives on the devastating personal effect of the war on servicemen and civilians.
 
Contents
Dedication
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Map of France and Italy 1942/43
Map of Italy and the Balkans 1943/45
Preface
Chapter 1 From the First World War to the Second
Chapter 2 From Bomber Pilot to Evader
Chapter 3 Lysander Down
Chapter 4 Tantine’s War
Chapter 5 The French Resistance
Chapter 6 The Fort de la Revère
Chapter 7 Alex Nitelet, an Unsung Hero
Chapter 8 Guy Lockhart: Brighter than a Shooting Star
Chapter 9 Fort du la Duchère and Chambaran Camp
Chapter 10 From Gavi to Escape
Chapter 11 Yugoslavia to Penna Point
Chapter 12 From Penna Point to Repatriation
Chapter 13 James Radcliffe and the Citizens of Circumstance
Chapter 14 Picking up the Pieces and Making a New Life
Chapter 15 John Mott, a Family Man
Chapter 16: Per ardua ad astra
Postscript
Bibliography
 
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