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The Great Escape Paperback – 4 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755310381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755310388
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 875,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anton Gill read English at Cambridge University and became a full-time writer in 1984. He has published over twenty books, mainly in the field of contemporary history, including a study of Berlin between the wars and a history of the German resistance to Hitler

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Chell VINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Many people have seen the film version of the Great Escape but I suspect few will have realised that there is a true story that equals or even surpasses the improbable derring-do of the movie.
This book details the backgrounds of the key participants, the incredible work they had to undertake and the ingenuity they employed in the slim hope of getting up to 200 prisoners out of Stalag Luft III at one time.
Aside from the admiration this book has given me for the real Great Escapers, it's helped me to see the film in a new light as a fairly accurate depiction of the events (with the merest sprinkling of Hollywood pixie dust).
Well worth the read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read many Military books, on virtually every subject. I am an avid fan of the film of the same title and although there are a few minor changes, the film/book depict the same.
I read this book in a very short time and thought that it was an excellent account. I am only sorry that 50 Officers had to lose their lives in order for their tale to be told.
Having been in the Military and taken part in Escape & Evasion exercises, that was pure play acting compared to what these guys had to endure.
Fantastic read and have recommended it to friends internationally!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L A Ashby on 14 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book tonight and it was brilliant. All the men that took part in the Great Escape digging the tunnel as well as helpers that did not escape were so brave. I would recommed this book to anyone that has a interest in World War 2. Well worth reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Booker on 14 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anton Gill has once again shown his methodical expertise and skill as an author, in probing the truth behind the GreatEscape
and its results. It can be compared to Jonathans Vance excellent book on the same subject. One for your library.
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