The Colditz Story (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

The Colditz Story (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

by PatR.Reid (Author)


Colditz was the last stop for prisoners of war in the Second World War. It was to this impregnable fortress that the Germans sent all those prisoners who persisted in escaping from other camps, such as Stalag Luft III (of THE GREAT ESCAPE FAME). Once within the walls of Colditz, the Germans reasoned, escape was impossible. And yet during the four-year period when the castle was used as a prison over 300 men escaped, 31 of whom managed to complete the hazardous journey home through Germany. Prisoners from 10 different countries formed a truly international escape academy. Skeleton keys were made, German passes forged, maps drafted, and all manner of tools and machinery constructed out of whatever the prisoners had to hand. The ingenuity of the escape artists knew no bounds: the tried everything from tunnelling, to hiding in rubbish sacks, disguising themselves as German officers, and leaping acrobatically from the castle walls.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 222
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Phoenix
Published: 08 Feb 2001

ISBN 10: 0304358126
ISBN 13: 9780304358120
Book Overview: o Part of the Cassell Military Paperback 'Read a Great Movie' promotion A true classic, ranking alongside The Great Escape for nail-biting drama. Equally well known as a film starring John Mills, and a BBC TV/Universal Television drama. Publication precedes the release of Mirimax's forthcoming Hollywood film remake. '...challenges comparison with any of the escape stories of World War Two' - The Daily Telegraph.

Author Bio
Pat Reid was one of the first captives to be imprisoned at Colditz in the Second World War. The tale of how he escaped the prison is one of the classics of twentieth century literature.