The memoirs discovers the odyssey from the Red Army to the RAF and the daily life of Roman taken into the Russian Red Army.
In WWII, as a conscripted soldier, a cattle train takes Roman further and further into the Soviet Union, away from his village. He sleeps in peasant huts, empty schools, factories, and even a lepers’ village, receiving tank and mortar training, digging on the frozen steppe, and marching 500 km to Stalingrad in one of Russia’s coldest recorded winters.
Roman escapes his work camp with three companions, 6 maps, and a bag of onions, covering thousands of miles to reach Anders’ Polish Army and gain freedom across the Caspian Sea.
Roman volunteers with 2,000 other Poles for the RAF. He took part in the train, jeep, and ship journeys that take them from Uzbekistan through Iran, Iraq, India, and around Africa to Scotland.