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The Barbed Wire University: The Ingenuity of POWs in the Second World War

Last updated: 5 July 2012

Midge Gillies

13 September 2012, 12.30pm

Think of an Allied prisoner-of-war (POW) camp and you might imagine the daring escapes from Colditz or the terrible brutality of the Far East. But as Midge Gillies, whose own father was a POW, discovered while researching her book, 'The Barbed-Wire University', the truth of everyday life was even more remarkable.

Midge Gillies has written seven books, including a biography of record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson and 'Waiting for Hitler', about the tense summer of 1940.

She is a part-time tutor for Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education.

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