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The Great Escape (original 1951; edition 2004)

by Paul Brickhill

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Title:The Great Escape
Authors:Paul Brickhill
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2004), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 304 pages
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The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill (Author) (1951)

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    Escape-or die : authentic stories of the R.A.F. Escaping Society by Paul Brickhill (section241)
    section241: Both books by Brickhill detail daring escapes made by pilots during World War 2; both are gripping, involving tomes.
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The author of The Great Escape Paul Brickhill was a prisoner in the POW camp at Sagan so he knew many of the people portrayed in the book. It is a fantastic read, informative, insightful and entertaining. What starts off as a way to pass time and harass the Germans ends up with a very nasty sting in the tail. It is often understated, everything just so matter of fact, even their pain and horror at the outcome. What I also found most interesting was how closely the movie follows the book, I wasn't expecting that. ( )
  bookmarkaussie | Sep 12, 2014 |
I found this an absorbing account. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 19, 2013 |
my tapes! were abridged to 2 hours but it was very good. i would like to have known what happened to all the escapees. great reader.
coincidently i read a short story today but the only german prisoner of war to escape. he tried twice and was sent to canada and escaped from there to the us where he escaped back to germany. ( )
  mahallett | Apr 29, 2013 |
The account of the British and American escape from the German POW camps. Funny, incredible, and moving, it’s well done, and the description of the operation they had going is amazing. [July 2011] ( )
  maureene87 | Apr 4, 2013 |
I am always fascinated with escape literature and this is a must-read. The persistence and fortitude shown by these men is amazing. The ablilty to forge papers, build tools and machines, all while in prison is compelling - and that is just getting ready to escape. The tunnelling is astonishing and terrifying to contemplate. Laying in such a tiny hole with barely any air and scraping away until sick to your stomach, these men were made of stern stuff. Fantastic story. ( )
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Brickhill, PaulAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harsh, GeorgeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kenyon, LenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitfield, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"A tense, thrilling, fabulous tale."—Philadelphia Inquirer

They were American and British air force officers in a German prison camp. With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, forged passports, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from German surveillance. It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men—every one of them, every minute, every hour, every day and night for more than a year. Made into the classic movie starring Steve McQueen. 16 pages of photographs

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An account of the escape of almost one hundred British prisoners of war from a German prison camp in 1944.

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