- By Anton Gill

The Great Escape: The Full Dramatic Story with Contributions from Survivors and Their Families

  • Title: The Great Escape: The Full Dramatic Story with Contributions from Survivors and Their Families
  • Author: Anton Gill
  • ISBN: 9780755310388
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Great Escape The Full Dramatic Story with Contributions from Survivors and Their Families On the night of March Allied RAF officers escaped from Stalag Luft III Nazi Germany s most secure POW camp It was the biggest most daring break out of World War II The tenacity and inge

    On the night of March 24, 1944, 76 Allied RAF officers escaped from Stalag Luft III, Nazi Germany s most secure POW camp It was the biggest, most daring break out of World War II The tenacity and ingenuity of the prisoners has become the stuff of legend, as they carried out their plan to dig the longest and most sophisticated tunnel ever conceived But the men paid a higOn the night of March 24, 1944, 76 Allied RAF officers escaped from Stalag Luft III, Nazi Germany s most secure POW camp It was the biggest, most daring break out of World War II The tenacity and ingenuity of the prisoners has become the stuff of legend, as they carried out their plan to dig the longest and most sophisticated tunnel ever conceived But the men paid a high price for their bravery of the 73 men recaptured, 50 were brutally executed on Hitler s direct orders The tireless RAF investigation into the atrocity offers a chilling insight into the last hours of the victims and the actions of the killers Drawing on the meticulous research carried out for the war crimes trial, as well as interviews with survivors and families of the murdered men, Anton Gill gives us the definitive account of the escape and its shocking aftermath Among the author s many books are The Journey Back from Hell and Art Lover A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim.

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    1. I knew the story of the Great Escape, but reading this in-depth account of it reinforced my admiration for the ingenuity of the POWs. Those men could make anything out of nothing. They made four thousand maps, hundreds of travel documents, clothing from suits to uniforms to overalls for the escape. They engineered tunnels complete with electric light and a ventilation system, using kit bags and tar paper. There was no limit to their resourcefulness and it seems there was no problem or challenge [...]

    2. This is the story of perseverance, commitment and never-say-die spirit. The escape wasn't really a successful one. Almost all those that escaped from the prison were either brought back or killed. Yet is was called great because of the sheer courage and determination shown by those that were involved in it.

    3. Interesting reading.Very informative and detail account. Personally I would have preferred a more linear story but gained considerable insights into the efforts and attitude of the people involved.

    4. Excellent book. Well written and the research h is brilliant. I've seen the film like most people probably have but the truth is more amazing than you can imagine. Such brave and clever men. Brilliant story.

    5. I came upon this book after re reading Paul Brichhill's book of the this infamous wartime story. It appears to be a scholarly fully referenced piece of research. Of particular note are the chapters fleshing out the back story of Roger Bushel (big x) and subsequent hunt for the those responsible for war crimes. I note that there is another account of this escape published last year, Human Game by Simone Read.

    6. A wonderfully written account of one of WW2's enduring exploits. Gill offers a lovely balance of the technical and the personal, leaving the judgments and opinions to the survivors themselves, as should be the case. A great read.

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