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Colditz: The Full Story (Pan Military Classics Series) [Kindle Edition]

P R Reid
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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In Colditz: The Full Story, Major Pat Reid brings together the many dramatic discoveries resulting from researh that has covered the five continents. From all walks of life, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, German and Polish prisoners - as well as those from the British Commonwealth and USA - were incarcerated in suffocating intimacy for five years in an alien and hostile land. Under these conditions, they proved that men could live together and that loyalty and generosity could thrive, transcending the natural prejudices of race, creed, language and intellecual diversity.

There were more than 300 escape attempts at Colditz and in this fascinating portrayal, Reid vividly describes this unique period in Second World War history. Furthermore, he reveals the code systems between the War Ofiice and Colditz; shows how he obtained information on Germany's secret weapons; and investigates the existence of traitors and the situation of non-collaborators in the castle.

This is a true story, which nonetheless possesses the mythical qualities that cause a legend to live forever.


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In Colditz: The Full Story Major Pat Reid brings together the many dramatic discoveries resulting from research that has covered the five continents. From all walks of life, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, German and Polish prisoners - as well as those from the British Commonwealth and USA - were incarcerated in suffocating intimacy for five years in an alien and hostile land. Under these conditions they proved that men could live together and that loyalty and generosity could thrive, transcending the natural prejudices of race, creed, language and intellectual diversity. There were more than 300 escape attempts at Colditz and in this fascinating portrayal, Major Pat Reid vividly describes this unique period in Second World War history. Furthermore, Major Reid reveals the code systems between the War Office and Colditz; shows how he obtained information on Germany's secret weapons; and investigates the existence of traitors and the situation of non-collaborators in the castle. This is a true story, which nonetheless possess the mythical qualities that cause a legend to live forever.

About the Author

Major Pat Reid was one of the first captives to be imprisoned at Colditz in the Second World War. The tale of how he escaped from the prison is one of the classics of Twentieth Century literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4057 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (19 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4UBPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Story is brought to an end 14 Feb. 2008
Format:Paperback
In Reid's 3rd and final book focusing exclusively on Oflag IVC, Colditz he adopts a different style of writing from his first 2, written some 25 years previously. In this book he discusses life at Colditz from the point of view of POWs from all the different nationalities that made up the camp inhabitants. The passing of time had allowed Reid to bring in to his stories more background information surrounding events outside the camp and the influence they had on matters inside. The lapse of time between his first two and his third also allowed Reid to draw on memoirs of former POWs subsequently separated by the Iron Wall which, by the time of writing, had begun to crumble. Although some may say the book may have lost some of the narrative description of the first two this is a different type of book with a different message. It is an important book for any Colditz enthusiast and well worth owning.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colditz: The full story 6 Aug. 2004
By BESKA
Format:Paperback
There's nothing I can say about this book that is bad. It gives you the insight through the eyes of an officer held at colditz in the world war II years, it explains in detail all the escape attempts, which grips you like a novel. I suggest this book to anyone with the slightest bit of interest in the war, conditz or any other POW camp.
What I do not suggest, is this book to people that aren't interested in the war, the details in this book you may find 'un-needed'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but slow 24 April 2011
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A good read but one to put down and return to. The third Colditz book by Major Pat Reid and in my opinion one too many. Some of this is new and ther is a brief history of the castle leading up to ww2 and some background stories behind some of the characters involved. This I think is more for the very interested reader who knows a fair bit already; reads more like a text book for the historian.

For those with more of a casual interest I would recommend Major Reids first 2 novels "The Colditz Story" and "Latter Days at Colditz" which are easier to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 7 Mar. 2011
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Bought this for my husband and he loves it. It gives a brilaint account of the true story of Colditz
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, entertaining 5 Feb. 2015
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Fun, entertaining, and definitely informative. The only restriction on my recommendation is the thought that it may well be a regurgitation of the author's earlier text. Certainly worth reading if you have an interest in the Second World War, and as I bought it second hand for not much, a great purchase!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Factually brilliant, but now a bit dull 20 Sept. 2011
By David
Format:Paperback
I read Pat Reid's origninal Colditz account and was absolutely riveted. A truly outstanding piece of human endeavour, brilliantly told with some real pace. It was a book i have read several times. My oldest son took an instrest in the story, via Douglas Bader and Reach for the Sky, and having lost my original copy i ordered this edition.
The additional factual detail may well be welcome, and the lists of prisoners, and escapes made, is important information, but the additional narative destroys the pace of the original. I enjoyed rereading the book, but it felt something was missing. A lot of the original material is edited out, and some more background detail of some of specific prisoners and there individual histories replaces this.
In summary, historically probably a more significant piece, but my pulse did not get going like the original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COLDITZ THE FULL STORY 17 April 2013
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I`m afraid I`m old enough to remember the 70`s TV series and having watched it recently on SKY thought the book would be worth a read.Book took slightly longer to arrive than what was promised however was a good read and was well worth the wait.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly informative but deadly dull. 23 May 2009
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This book is interesting if you would like to know a little more, very little more, of what lay behind the original Colditz Story. However, what extras are included in this book are far outweighed by what is not. Secret communications between Prisoners of War and London are skimpy with much left unmentioned; arms and escape materials smuggling is entirely ignored; specific details of forgery are ignored, actual details of successful escapes across war time Germany are pitiful in their paucity, while sodomy which may interest some readers is dealt with in either too much or too little detail, depending on the reader's taste and in my opinion would have been better ignored. Badly written; this might be a necessary book to a student of WWII, for others it is hardly worth the price.
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