The famous escape attempts

Here are 3 books on the famous escape attempts by Allied prisoners of war during World War Two.

The 4th book The Last Escape is not an escape book. It is the mostly unknown story of how Allied prisoners of war were forced to march hundreds of miles by their German captors when winter settles in Europe and Allied advance threatened German borders. Many sadly died of starvation, disease or pure exhaustion just when the war was ending. I bought this book while touring Marrakesh, Morocco on 16 Dec 2016.

The nomenclature of the camps: Oflag is a camp for officers only. Stalag Luft is a camp for air force prisoners.

Zero Night narrates the great escape from Oflag VI-B, Warburg, German on the night of 30 August 1942. 40 Allied officers staged a mass escape. Instead of tunnelling, the escapers scaled the huge perimeter fences using wooden scaling contraptions.

Colditz The Full Story tells us the escape attempts and the lives of the Allied prisoners inside the impregnable fortress of Colditz Castle codenamed Oflag IV-C from 1939 to 1945.  Colditz was a prisoner-of-war camp for high-profile Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps.

The Great Escape narrates what is arguably the most famous escape in World War Two. The camp was Stalag Luft III. The escape using dug tunnels was immortalised in the 1963 movie titled The Great Escape staring Steve McQueen. This book sadly has no index. It looks like a cheap production.

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