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Alec returned to Calais in May 1990, on the 50th anniversary of the siege.<br />
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The extraordinary moment British POWs formed a human shield around their fellow Jewish soldier to stop him being taken to a concentration camp by the German guards has come to light in a new book.<br />
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Corporal Alec Jay was part of the Calais Garrison which carried out a defiant rearguard against the advancing Germans to buy more time for over 330,000 Allied soldiers to be evacuated at Dunkirk in May 1940.<br />
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He was captured at gunpoint and taken to the notorious Stalag VIIIB at POW camp where he was in great danger because he was a Jew.<br />
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One afternoon, the prisoners were playing football when an SS officer and the camp leader interrupted the game to take Cpl Jay away, prompting the British soldiers formed a protective ring around him and tell the Germans they would be forced to 'shoot them all' to get to him.<br />
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The dramatic encounter is told for the first time in a new book by John Jay about his father's life, Facing Fearful Odds.