“The Shoe Leather Express” – WWII POWs

(Posted: January 5, 2012)

Joe O’Donnell’s “The Shoe Leather Express” books were my first book purchases when researching my Father’s WWII experience.  Joe is a well-known WWII POW and has been telling his story for years so that we would not forget the sacrifices that were made for us in WWII.  These books are a treasure trove of stories, sketches, poems, etc., and, having been given Joe’s permission, I plan to do my best to share as many of the stories as I can.  The term “The Shoe Leather Express” refers to the march out of the POW Camp, Stalag Luft IV, on February 6, 1945.  This has frequently been referred to as a “Death March” because of the extreme hardships that were endured during one of the worst winters in history.  You will read about this atrocity in my future posts under “The Shoe Leather Express – Joseph P. O’Donnell POW 1414.”   The following is the cover of the first book. . . . 

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