A Letter from Chile
After the release of my book, The Shelburne Escape Line: Secret Rescues of Allied Aviators by the French Underground, the British Royal Navy, and London’s MI-9, I’ve received several encouraging and complimentary letters and e-mails from people who have read the book. Many had connections to the stories in my book and some share their own similar experiences. Daniel Arellano-Walbaum, a friend from Chile, took the time to write me a three-page letter about how my book helped him understand what happened in Europe during WWII. When he was in France several years after WWII, he tried to talk to a friend’s father who had been part of the French Resistance. Even through several decades had passed since the war, the elderly man found the subject too painful to discuss. Here’s part of Daniel’s letter:
About the Shelburne Escape Line I must tell you that I really enjoyed reading it. It took me some time because of all the places and distances mentioned, I read it with a detailed Michelin map and guide of the area by my side, so as to have the whole picture and be fully immersed in the subject. I also spoke with an uncle that served in the Royal Navy during WW II on a motorboat similar to MGB 503, but he knew nothing about these operations. He was posted near the Pas de Calais and the only occasion they got close to France was during D Day. Of course he's preparing to read the book, and I'm sure that he will enjoy it as much as I did.