Missing the Boat

Missing the Boat is a book about my father, Thomas Alan Dirkin, who was captured in May 1940 during rearguard action, slowing down the German advance towards Dunkirk.​

He marched from the French coast to Germany and then was transported to a POW camp in Poland.​

Highlights include life in the POW camp, escapes, firing squads and an 800 mile trek to freedom in 1945.

​The book is a collection of stories designed as a book to preserve his history for the family. However, the book provides insights into one man’s war.