On the night of March 24, 1944, 80 Commonwealth airmen crawled
through a 336-foot-long tunnel and slipped into the forest beyond
the wire of Stalag Luft III, a German POW compound near Sagan,
Poland. The event became known as "The Great Escape," an intricate
breakout more than a year in the making, involving as many as 2,000
POWs working with extraordinary co-ordination, intelligence, and
daring. Yet within a few days, all but three of the escapees were
recaptured. Subsequently, fifty were murdered, cremated, and buried
in a remote corner of the prison camp.
But most don''t know the real story behind The Great Escape.
Now, on the eve of its 70th anniversary, Ted Barris writes of the
key players in the escape attempt, those who got away, those who
didn''t, and their families at home.Barris marshals groundbreaking
research into a compelling firsthand account. For the first time,
The Great Escape: A Canadian Story retells one of the most
astonishing episodes in WWII directly through the eyes of those who
With new insights and a fresh perspective, Ted Barris takes us deep
inside The Great Escape. In fascinating and meticulous detail, he
unravels the plotting and planning, completely befuddling German
prison guards, that led to one of the most daring real-life dramas
in modern history.