+612 9045 4394
Escape Artist : The incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck - Peter Monteath

Escape Artist

The incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck


Published: 1st September 2017
In Stock. Ships from Australia today or next business day
RRP $29.99

The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck. 

In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his first prison break - an audacious night-time escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp in Crete. Astoundingly, this was only the first of many escapes.

An infantryman in the 2/7 Battalion, Johnny Peck was first thrown into battle against Italian forces in the Western Desert. Campaigns against Hitler's Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe in Greece and Crete followed. When Crete fell to the Germans at the end of May 1941, Peck was trapped on the island with hundreds of other men. On the run, they depended on their wits, the kindness of strangers, and sheer good luck.

When Peck's luck ran out, he was taken captive by the Germans, then the Italians. Later, after his release from a Piedmontese jail following the Italian Armistice of 1943, and at immense risk to his own life, Peck devoted himself to helping POWs cross the Alps to safety. Captured once more, Peck was sentenced to death and detained in Milan's notorious, Gestapo-run San Vittore prison - until escaping again, this time into Switzerland.

Historian Peter Monteath reveals the action-packed tale of one young Australian soldier and his remarkable war. 


An escape from a WWII prison of war camp.


I have only just started this book but interesting so far.

Melbourne, Vic


Thoroughly enjoyed this book



Melbourne, Australia


Fascinating read


Fantastic read and an astonishing amount of detail in it. Very well researched.

Melbourne, Vic



5.0 3


ISBN: 9781742235509
ISBN-10: 1742235506
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st September 2017
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3