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The music maker : how one POW provided hope for thousands / Jaci Byrne.

By: Byrne, Jaci [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2019Description: 232 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 152675486X; 9781526754868.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, British | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Music and the war | Prisoners of war -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Prisoners of war -- Recreation -- Germany | World War (1939-1945) | Music and war | Prisoners of war | Germany | Great Britain | 1900-1999Genre/Form: History. | Personal narratives -- British.DDC classification: 940.54/8141
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

On 8 May 1945, 46-year-old Drum Major, Henry Barnes Jackson, staggered towards his American liberators. Emaciated, dressed in rags, his decayed boots held together with string, he'd been force-marched for twenty days over the Austrian Alps after five heinous years as a POW in Nazi labor camps. He collapsed into his liberators' arms, clinging to his only meaningful possession--his war diary.Having already experienced the horrific nature of battle in the First World War, Jackson continued as a drum major in the Territorial Army, as well as leading a dance band throughout the 1920s. Following Britain's declaration of war against Germany in 1939, he went off to war once again and was captured during the Allied retreat to Dunkirk in 1940.When the Germans learned of his musical abilities, he was put in charge of forming a band. They called him the 'Kapellmeister,' literally, 'the man in charge of making music', and over the next five years, Jackson and his fellow bandmates would entertain the Germans with concerts and shows in various labor camps throughout occupied Poland.In this captivating testament to human endurance, Jackson's granddaughter has used his personal diary and photographs to tell the unforgettable and gripping true story about the life and times of a humble man who, through his passion for music, overcame extreme adversity.

First published in Australia in 2018 by Big Sky Publishing.

Includes bibliographical references.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 Off to War Again (p. 3)
  • Chapter 2 Bloody Battles and Grand Pianos (p. 10)
  • Chapter 3 Captured by the Jerries (p. 23)
  • Chapter 4 The Nightmare March and the Labour Camps (p. 30)
  • Chapter 5 Sad News from Home (p. 41)
  • Chapter 6 Keeping Our Spirits Up (p. 46)
  • Chapter 7 Russia Changes Sides (p. 55)
  • Chapter 8 Defiance within the Camp (p. 64)
  • Chapter 9 Stomach and Heart Aches (p. 74)
  • Chapter 10 Inhumanity and Tragedy (p. 82)
  • Chapter 11 The War Seems Interminable (p. 87)
  • Chapter 12 Desperation Takes Its Toll (p. 94)
  • Chapter 13 Living on Hope (p. 105)
  • Chapter 14 A Long Wait (p. 115)
  • Chapter 15 Germans in Retreat (p. 123)
  • Chapter 16 Another Long March (p. 132)
  • Chapter 17 It's Over (p. 142)
  • Chapter 18 Blighty! (p. 144)
  • Chapter 19 Home to Whitehaven (p. 151)
  • Chapter 20 Not the Expected Homecoming (p. 161)
  • Chapter 21 Still Puzzled (p. 174)
  • Chapter 22 Blackpool (p. 178)
  • Chapter 23 Dancing to Forget (p. 188)
  • Chapter 24 Back to Face the Music in Whitehaven (p. 200)
  • Chapter 25 Life and Weddings Roll On (p. 206)
  • Chapter 26 A Good and Decent Human Being (p. 215)
  • Summer Time Is Nearly Over (p. 218)
  • Names and Addresses of Men in Drum Major Jackson's World War II Diary (p. 219)
  • Authors Note (p. 228)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 230)