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The Great Escape

Many thanks to Tessa for this email. Uplifting story and so much more real than some of the dusty books about ancient astronomy that I have been reading recently…

Hi Tristan,

I very much enjoyed the Natural Navigation course last week and am certainly much more aware of the position of the sun every day than I was before.

As I was walking the dog this morning  it came to mind that but for an awareness of natural navigation by my father I might not be here!  My father was in POW camp in Italy during the war and was being moved by train into Germany towards the end of the war. The prisoners were transferred from one train to another and my father and two others managed to hide under the train where they stayed until it was dark.  They then walked back to England finding their way back by using the stars as of course they could only travel at night.  They hid in ditches during the day or were taken in by German farmers who fed them and gave them food for the journey.  If he hadn’t had any such knowledge he probably would not have survived.

Thought you might be interested.

All the best,

Tessa Milne-Day