Colditz: The Definitive History, The Untold Story of World War II's Great Escapes

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Breathtaking and mesmerizing, Colditz is a gripping tale of perseverance, heroism, and adventure. Filled with the thrilling never-before-told personal stories of the prisoners of war held within the walls of this medieval fortress turned German high-security prison camp, Colditz offers endlessly intriguing stories of consummate survivors who proved the human spirit to be indomitable.

In more than fifty original interviews, the English, French, Dutch, and Polish officers and ...

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Overview

Breathtaking and mesmerizing, Colditz is a gripping tale of perseverance, heroism, and adventure. Filled with the thrilling never-before-told personal stories of the prisoners of war held within the walls of this medieval fortress turned German high-security prison camp, Colditz offers endlessly intriguing stories of consummate survivors who proved the human spirit to be indomitable.

In more than fifty original interviews, the English, French, Dutch, and Polish officers and their guards describe their experiences in the notorious castle. They reveal their boredom and frustrations, as well as the challenges inherent in making maps out of jelly or constructing tunnels with mere cutlery knives. The stories are by turns comic and tragic, as much of their labor and invention ended in failure. But what emerges is a story of breathtaking ingenuity and an intriguing portrait of the fascinating game of wits between captives and captors, who were bound together by mutual respect and extraordinary tolerance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060012861
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/2/2003
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations, maps and drawings ix
Preface xiii
Prologue 1
1 The Road to Colditz 7
2 Leaps and Bounds 29
3 Co-operation 51
4 The Stage Is Set 75
5 Le Metro 91
6 Running the Jail 109
7 Contact with the Outside 129
8 Open Season: Summer 1942 151
9 Month of Escapes 169
10 Legend and Life 189
11 Frans Josef 221
12 A Very British Camp 237
13 Ghosts 255
14 A Radio, a Madman and a Spy 275
15 Rattling the Cage 293
16 The Weather Changes 309
17 The Glider 329
18 The Flight of the Prominente 351
19 Liberation 371
Appendix 1 List of Escape Attempts 393
Appendix 2 List of Interviewees 405
Bibliography 409
Notes 413
Index 435
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