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The British Partisan

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum Talk by David Ross

at 6.30pm on Thursday 24 November 2022

Thsi the story of Michael Ross, a Welch Regiment officer, and his remarkable Second World War experiences.  It includes his baptism by fire in the Western Desert against Rommel’s tanks in 1942, the spontaneous help of nomad Arabs when he was on the run fro ten days behind enemy lines and his capture and life as a POW in Italy.

Michael and a fellow Welch Regiment officer made the first escape from Fontanellato POW camp only to be recaptured ten days later on the Swiss border.  Following his second escape, Michael operated with Italian partisans against the occupying German forces and fascists in north italy.  He avoided recapture for over a year  before finally reaching Allied lines.  Michael wasd awarded a ‘Mention in Despatches’ for his gallant service.  We learn of the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of local Italians helping and hiding Allied soldiers.  Michael’s story has a poignant side as, while on the run, he fell in love with a partisan’s daughter.

Michael’s story was originally published in 1997 titled ‘From Liguria with Love’.  Michael’s son, David, updated the memoir which was republished in 2019 and retitled :The British partisan’.  New photographs, maps and information were added which were not available to his father at the time.  The story remains a powerful and inspiring tribute to all those who risked their lives to help Michael and his comrades and the power of the human spirit inder adversity.

Some tributes for theBritish Partisan:

A gripping account of the many months spent behind enemy lines with Itallian people who daily risked their lives for him.  A more exciting story than mine!’                                                                                                                                                    Eric Newby CBE MC authur of ‘Love and War in the Apennines’.

‘I have always been a sucker for escape stories.  Greatly enjoyed it.’                                                                                                     Sir Ludivic-Kennedy

‘This uplifting story has often sustained me in challenging situations in tough places.’                                                                 General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO

David Ross

Brigadier David ross graduated from Sandhurst in 1968 and was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers, serving in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya, Northern Ireland, Belize, Germany and Cyprus.  He commanded 1RWF in Northern Ireland and 160(Wales) Brigade before leaving the Army in 2000 to take up the appointment of Clerk (Chief Executive) of the Brewers’ Company in the City of London.  He retired from the Brewers’ in 2013 and now runs an educational charity.  david has been awarded the CBE, OBE and MBE for operational service.  He and his wife, Jacqui, live in Broughton near Stockbridge.

After this talk David will be signing copies of ‘The British Partisan’.  All profits will go to the Monte Martino Trust, and England and Wales educational charity which supports the decentants of Italian families who risked their lives assisting Allied POW by funding English language courses.

Tickets for the talk are £20.00 each or £17.50 for Friends of the Museum and can be purchased online at  https://shop.rgjmuseum.co.uk/evening-talk—24-nov-22-2689-p.asp or by card over the phone by calling 01962 828549 weekdays between 10am and 4pm.