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Vincigliata Castle, a menacing medieval fortress set in the beautiful Tuscan hills, has become a very special prisoner of war camp on Benito Mussolini’s personal order. Within are some of the most senior officers of the Allied army, guarded by almost two hundred Italian soldiers and a vicious fascist commando who answers directly to “Il Duce” Mussolini himself. Their unbelievable escape, told by Mark Felton in Castle of the Eagles, is a little-known marvel of World War II.
By March 1943, the plan is ready: this extraordinary assemblage of middle-aged POWs has crafted civilian clothes, forged identity papers, gathered rations, and even constructed dummies to place in their beds, all in preparation for the moment they step into the tunnel they have been digging for six months.
How they got to this point and what happens after is a story that reads like fiction, supported by an eccentric cast of characters, but is nonetheless true to its core.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
MARK FELTON has written over a dozen books on prisoners of war, Japanese war crimes and Nazi war criminals, and contributes regularly to magazines such as Military History Monthly and World War II. His books include Zero Night.
Table of Contents
1. The Prize Prisoner
2. A Gift of Goggles
3. Mazawattee's Mad House
4. Men of Honour
5. Advance Party
6. The Travelling Menagerie
7. The Eagles' Nest
8. Trial and Error
9. Going Underground
10. Six Seconds
11. The Ghost Goes West
12. Under the Dome
13. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
14. The Pilgrim Band
16. Boy Scouting
17. Mickey Blows the Gaff
18. Night Crossing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Written very well. Reads like a novel but is a great account of one of the many pieces of WW II. Truly a page-turner and it is a true story.