A story of one man’s experiences during the second World War 4



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This is a true story and a very uplifting one at that. Whilst essentially a story of one man’s experiences during the second World War, it is by no means about the gore of war, but more about Ben’s ingenuity, courage and determination to be free.

Ben commences his first tour of duty in North Africa, where he is captured and taken prisoner of war by the Italians. The Camp is basic at best and the men were fortunate to receive Red Cross parcels, if they were lucky, once in 14 days or, more usually, every three to four weeks. Call Me Corp1

After spending some 13 months as a POW and making several unsuccessful attempts to escape from this Camp, he and his fellow prisoners are handed over to the German Afrika Corps. The Germans then set about having them shipped to a POW camp in Italy, under the command of Germany. Conditions here are even more grim and after 18 months living in horrific circumstances, Ben, with considerable initiative and planning, manages to escape.

This commences a 58 day trek through the Italian countryside, dodging German Patrols, sleeping rough and, when possible, bunking down in the odd barn or three. With the assistance from some brave farmers and assorted Italians sympathetic to his plight, and his ongoing determination to evade the Germans, he managed to stay free for 53 days. However, his luck eventually ran out and he was recaptured by the Germans who decided he would be shot as a Spy.

For some reason, the German Commander made it possible for him to again escape – and Ben wasted no time in doing just that. He eventually made his way back to freedom and was presented with a Military Medal (MM) from King George VI.

In 1989, Ben followed his daughters to Australia, aged 69. He and his wife are now Australian citizens and have lived for the past 15 years in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast NSW.

Although I don’t generally read War stories, I found this one to be really absorbing and was impressed with both Ben’s courage and initiative in the face of such hardship and deprivation.

Thanks to New Holland for providing the ARC of Call Me Corp and the cover image reproduced above.


Call Me Corp by Ben Reynolds

Available for $22.95 via Booktopia


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Laraine Fisher

Retired from Monash University, Faculty of Medicine as Personal Assistant to the Faculty Manager and assisted the Dean with Policy documentation (2006). Went back to work part-time in 2008 for Michael Hill Jewellery as an Office Assistant for 3 years and then finished up to work with my husband part-time for a Labour Hire company as an Admin Assistant. Qualified as a Professional Counsellor in 1999 and worked as a counsellor for 12 months before being offered a full-time position at the Faculty of Medicine. Prefer reading : Murder/mystery thrillers with a psychological twist. Also enjoy novels well researched and based on history. My favourite authors are Ken Follett, Kate Atkinson, Peter James, Gillian Flynn, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Lynda Le Plante, David Baldacci and Jodi Picoult.

  1. Yes I am interested in History, if I get bored I go to YouTube and watch History Documentaries and I love history books , I have a passion for ancient history, sounds an interesting book, thanks

  2. Thank you, Laraine. It sounds an interesting story. I am widely read on the subject of WW2, including POW camps, those incarcerated, and of many escapes, but knew nothing about Ben. I will keep an eye open for Call Me Corp.

  3. Thanks Laraine. I know you had to read this via your computer screen which is not easy, so your review is doubly appreciated.

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