The film ‘The Great Escape’ was great entertainment, but with re-written history. This overdue account is a warts and all commentary of the events at and related to German PoW camp Stalag Luft III. Every bit as entertaining as the film, but its also a stirring and poinient account of downed airmen not prepared to give up. Strongly Recommended.
NAME: Stalag Luft III, An Official History of the 'Great Escape' PoW Camp FILE: R2471 AUTHOR: Howard Tuck PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline BINDING: hard back PAGES: 276 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, PoW, downed airmen, Great Escape, tunnels, escape kits, money, maps, fake ID cards, 'Trojan Horse', 'Tom', 'Dick', 'Harry', home run, massacre, Germans
IMAGE: B2471.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/moyqhrq LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The film 'The Great Escape' was great entertainment, but with re-written history. This overdue account is a warts and all commentary of the events at and related to German PoW camp Stalag Luft III. Every bit as entertaining as the film, but its also a stirring and poinient account of downed airmen not prepared to give up. Strongly Recommended. Across Germany and German held territory, PoW camps sprouted up to hold captured Allied prisoners of war. Although a camp might be largely filled with prisoners of one nationality, there were also captives of other nationalities. There was generally good co-operation between Allied prisoners and a common desire to attempt to escape. Where the Germans had hoped to guard their PoW camps with a few old soldiers, or airmen, accompanied by comrades who had poor health or battle wounds, the determined attempts by Allied POWs forced them to allocate more and more able front-line troops to guard duty. Every time an escape was attempted, it tied up thousands of police and troops across Germany to foil the escapes and re-capture the POWs. Documentation reveals that Nazi officials had made several attempts to win approval for actions against International Treaties to reduce the cost of keeping POWs, but fear of retaliatory action by the Allies, against German POWs held by them, restrained the Nazis. Stalag Luft III was to produce such a large escape attempt that the SS were allowed to take most of the re-captured escapees and shoot them. The war crime of murdering re-captured 'Great Escape' POWs has often overshadowed the actions that led up to the escape and to the experiences of the escapees. Equally, books and films about the 'Great Escape' have not given even coverage to the story. This official history does achieve balance and is based on information and testimonies from those who were there. The result is a factual account of the development of the camp and the activities of the POWs leading up to the escape. It also provides a view of the way in which the Germans ran the camp and punished escapees who were re-captured. As with any good 'official' history it provides information that is unlikely to be bettered or even equalled, correcting previous flawed accounts and entertainments based on the story.