The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

by Ted Barris

Dundurn | September 16, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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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 experienced it.

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Published: September 16, 2013

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771024755

ISBN - 13: 9781771024754

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The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

by Ted Barris

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 16, 2013

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771024755

ISBN - 13: 9781771024754

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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 experienced it.

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