World: A Prisoner Looks Back

"On the whole, I would say that captivity had a beneficial effect upon all but the most unteachable."

So, after two years in a German prison camp, a young British officer summed up the days behind the wire that many soldiers regard as completely wasted.

Commando Captain Robin Campbell, D.S.O., sociable, absent-minded son of one of Britain's top-flight diplomats (Sir Ronald Hugh Campbell, now Ambassador to Portugal), was wounded and captured in the brilliant but unsuccessful 1941 raid on Field Marshal Rommel's headquarters in North Africa. Exchanged (because he had lost a leg), he...

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