Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 288 p. Contains: Maps.
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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 coordination, intelligence, and
daring. Yet within a few days, all but three of the escapees were
recaptured. Subsequently, 50 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 retells
one of the most astonishing episodes in WWII directly through the
eyes of those who experienced it.