Letters to Doberitz

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Earlier 20th Century

Derek R Payne

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1914. Father promises son he will not follow him into war but stay at home to 'look after Mother'. Son captured and sent to the Doberitz POW camp in Germany with severe shell shock. Frustrated, father enlists, spends 4 years posting letters home from the war to be redirected as if he is safe home.



Short Summary

When William enlists he makes his father promise not to join the war. William joins the navy, but Britain is unprepared for war and in the chaos, he is sent to defend the City of Antwerp as a marine, standing in the trenches dressed in navy uniform. Within days he is captured...


The War Front line in France / Doberitz Prison camp in Germany / family in Bristol, England

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: William Payne

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Heroic,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Thomas Payne

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Leader,Masculine,Modest,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Annie McGrath

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heartthrob,Honorable,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Harriet Payne

Age: 38

Gender: Female


Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Honorable,Selfless,Romantic

About The Author

This unique and compelling story has laid dormant for 100 years. Inspired by real events and based on my own family during WW1, 'Letters to Doberitz' is set between a German prison-of-war camp, the battlefields of France and family back home in England, as father and son endure very different wars. These were real people who left an extraordinary story to be told. A lie is told in the name of love, with letters written compounding the deceit for years, all to protect the man that they loved. This is their truly unique story of humanity, in a time of great inhumanity.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Austin Macauley

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available