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Escape From Germany The Greatest POW Break-Out of the First World War by Neil Hanson, Published by Doubleday, 2011, 1st Edition, Softcover, Pgs 318, maps,b&w + colour photos, illustrations, bibliography, notes index.

Condition: In near new condition, no markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.

July, 1918. Surrounded by steel palisades and barbed-wire fences, Holzminden was the most heavily guarded POW camp in the world. Patrolled by ferocious
dogs and armed guards with orders to shoot to kill, it was a brutal punishment
camp, housing 700 prisoners of all nationalities. To escape would take
boundless ingenuity and nerves of steel. Many tried. Prisoners used sardine-tin openers to pick locks, forged documents, sent messages using milk as an invisible ink, and created fake uniforms and elaborate disguises - one even impersonated the notorious camp commandant. Every attempt failed, leading only to ever-tighter defences. But on the night of 23 July 1918, twenty-nine undaunted Allied prisoners
achieved the impossible. They had spent nine months using knives and spoons
to move tonnes of earth, clay and stone, digging a tunnel over 150 feet long
through the foundations of the barracks and under the walls and barbed-wire
fences, to the farmland beyond. This is the fascinating story of how they did it - and of the many who had failed before them. Neil Hanson provides a rare insight into the minds of these prisoners of war, revealing their resourcefulness, courage and persistence – and inexhaustible good humour. Please click here to ask a question
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