The Great Escape: a Canadian Story---By Ted Barris-a Signed Copy (Also Signed By Pow / Prisoner-of-War Albert Wallace )( Stalag Luft III )
by Ted Barris
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Format: Hard Cover
Publisher: Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2013, 1st Edition, 4th Printing
Signed ------------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket, 288 pages, b&w photographs including scenes and behind the scenes stills from the james Garner / Steve McQueen / Richard Attenborough / Donald Pleasance movie, signed by Barris with the inscription, "For B____ in honour of your service in The Royal Navy Ted Barris 2013", as well this has been signed by a POW from Stalag Luft II ( Albert Wallace ) who has also circled two of the Stalag huts on the front endpaper which is a map of Stalag Luft III, Wallace has 4 or 5 pages devoted to him as he was one of the sand-penguins and ultimately declined the chance to be one of the escapees, ---"On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty Commonwealth airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named Harry, and most slipped into the darkness of a pine forest beyond the wire of Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner-of-war compound near Sagan, Poland. The event became known as The Great Escape. The breakout, more than a year in the making, involved about 2, 000 POWs and a battle of wits inconceivable for its time. Within days of the escape, however, all but three escapers were recaptured; subsequently, Adolf Hitler ordered fifty of them murdered, cremated, and buried in a remote corner of the same prison compound. What most casual readers, history buffs, moviegoers, and even some who participated, don't readily acknowledge is that The Great Escape was in many ways made-in-Canada. In The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, bestselling author Ted Barris recounts this nearly mythical escape operation through the voices of those involved, many of whom trained in Canada, served in RCAF bomber and fighter squadrons, were shot down over Europe, imprisoned at Stalag Luft III, and ultimately became co-conspirators in the actual Great Escape. Based on his original interviews, research, and assembly of memoirs, letters, diaries, and personal photos, Ted Barris reveals that many of the escape's key players the tunnel designer, excavators, forgers, scroungers, security and intelligence personnel, custodian of the secret radio, and scores of security stooges and sand-dispersal penguins were all Canadians. The book reads like a Hollywood movie, but is, in fact, the true story! "---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo.