Images of War, Stalag Luft III, The German POW Camp That Inspired The Great Escape, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

This new addition to the very popular Images of War series is a natural companion to any/all of the other publications covering Stalag Luft III and the Great Escape. The images are, as always in this series, of the highest quality. Here they depict all of the aspects of POW life in German camps and of the inmates of Stalag Luft III in particular. – Highly Recommended

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NAME: Images of War, Stalag Luft III, The German POW Camp That Inspired 
The Great Escape, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2834
AUTHOR: Charles Messenger
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Greenhill Books
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 144
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War II, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, 
POW escapes, German POW camps, The Great Escape, war crimes, downed airmen

ISBN: 1-78438-446-1

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DESCRIPTION:   This new addition to the very popular Images of War series 
is a natural companion to any/all of the other publications covering Stalag 
Luft III and the Great Escape. The images are, as always in this series, of the 
highest quality. Here they depict all of the aspects of POW life in German 
camps and of the inmates of Stalag Luft III in particular. - Highly Recommended

The story of the Great Escape has captured imagination across the world and 
encouraged Hollywood to produce a film that is great entertainment, if scoring 
rather lower for historical accuracy. Many books have been written about the camp, 
the Great Escape, and the POWs, with this 75th  anniversary of the Great Escape 
seeing a large number of books released, new and reprinted histories. The 
economics of publishing have conspired to keep the image content in these books 
at a relatively low level and this new book provides all the rare images that other 
authors would have loved to see included in their works.

For Allied POWs, escape was both a sport and a deadly serious duty. Their efforts 
were most frequently unsuccessful and only a handful made successful 'home runs' 
to rejoin the battle against Nazi Germany. However, every POW who made any 
contribution to helping comrades escape, those who did escape, and the few who 
made it home represented a serious cost to the German war effort. They denied 
manpower to the battle fronts as the Germans tried to prevent escapes. As with the
 air war, which Stalag Luft inmates had been a part of, escapes were worth many 
front line units. A bomber, even if it failed to reach its target, had already achieved 
a victory by requiring heavy anti-aircraft guns to be sited in ever increasing numbers 
inside Germany. Each gun and its crew was one less gun available on the front line 
as a heavy anti-tank gun. Every light AA gun was one less gun available on the front 
line to protect German soldiers from enemy ground attack aircraft. Then were the 
many bombers that reached and hit their targets, causing much loss to the German 
war effort, and all bombers, that were shot down with survivors, contributed further 
by adding to the pool of POWs all working to escape or help others to escape.

The images selected for this book are an eloquent story of the POWs and their 
efforts to escape.