Pair retrace wartime Pyrenees escape trek

Russell Reid and Gavin Earles on the border between France and Spain during their trek

Tracks of a wartime freedom march across the Pyrenees have been retraced by a pair of Tasmanian friends of the man who made the amazing walk 75 years ago.

At midday on January 26, 1944, Rudy Zeeman crossed the border from France into Spain near the small village of Canéjan. His crossing of the Pyrenees mountains had taken three days - and it saved his life.

Rudy was escaping persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and neutral Spain offered the hope of freedom.

A painting by Rudy Zeeman, above, depicts his wartime crossing of the Pyrenees

After the war, he started a new life in Tasmania where two of his neighbours, retired mining engineer Russell Reid and former doctor Gavin Earles, became friends.

After hearing about Rudy’s wartime exploits, the pair decided to walk in his footsteps.

They contacted Paul ...

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