Tunnelling to Freedom and Other Escape Narratives from World War I

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These real-life adventures from the desperate years of World War I are the stories of prisoners of war who used their wits to win their freedom. Inspiring and exciting, the 17 tales are told by the fugitives themselves. Each tale abounds in remarkable examples of resourcefulness. 15 black-and-white illustrations and 3 maps.
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These real-life adventures from the desperate years of World War I are the stories of prisoners of war who used their wits to win their freedom. Inspiring and exciting, the 17 tales are told by the fugitives themselves. Each tale abounds in remarkable examples of resourcefulness. 15 black-and-white illustrations and 3 maps.
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Released in 1932, this contains the personal narratives of 15 British POWs who made daring escapes. It also sports an introduction by J.R. Ackerley. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486434346
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Grim Game of Escape 9
I. Trapped in Belgium 25
II. Beginners 43
III. Tunnelling to Freedom 75
IV. Exploits of the Escaping Club 89
V. Inveterate Escapers 107
VI. A Winter's Tale 123
VII. Fugitives in Germany 135
VIII. What a Skeleton Key Will Do 149
IX. Through the Bathroom Floor 167
X. A Game of Bluff 183
XI. An Unconducted Tour of England 201
XII. Outwitting the Turk 219
XIII. Hide and Seek in Eastern Seas 235
XIV. Through the Camp Sewer 251
XV. Escaping from England 261
XVI. Rendezvous with a Submarine 281
XVII. Hazards of Escape 291
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Introduction

These real-life adventures from the desperate years of World War I are the stories of prisoners of war who used their wits to win their freedom. Inspiring and exciting, they are told by the fugitives themselves. The seventeen stories of escape are chiefly those of English soldiers who fled prison camps in Germany and Turkey; the others are accounts by Germans who escaped in England and from a British island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Each adventure abounds in remarkable examples of resourcefulness and ingenuity as well as the kind of patience and determination required to dig a hundred-foot tunnel with a tablespoon or to cut through an iron window-bar with a saw fashioned from a broken razorblade. All concern the three primary problems associated with escape: breaking from camp, reaching the frontier, and crossing the border. Although the success or failure of the prisoners' plans depended largely upon their own skill and abilities, the element of chance shadowed their every effort. These thrilling true stories combine the gritty realities of fact with the romance of stranger-than-fiction adventures.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    A truly excellent read!

    This is an excellent read. Written in the 1930's, the facts are still fresh. Truly amazing!

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