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The Great Escapers: The Full Story of the Second World War's Most Remarkable Mass Escape [Paperback]

Tim Carroll
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16 Oct 2004
The Great Escape was one of the most remarkable episodes of the Second World War. After the attempt to break 200 men out of Hermann Gring's 'escape-proof' prisoner-of-war camp, 76 Allied officers managed to create havoc behind enemy lines before most were eventually recaptured. Now, over 60 years after the event, the ingenuity of the masterminds behind this audacious break-out is celebrated.The Great Escapers tells the story of these men who managed to break free from the supposedly impenetrable barbed wire and watchtowers of Stalag Luft III, Gring's showcase prison camp near Sagan. Some of them were also involved in other daring escape attempts, including the famous Wooden Horse episode, also turned into a classic film, and the little-known Sachsenhausen break-out, engineered by five Great Escape survivors sent to die in the notorious concentration camp on Hitler's personal orders. Also revealed is the important role Stalag Luft III played in Allied intelligence operations within occupied Europe: the prisoners developed an intricate espionage network, feeding details of military deployments and strength levels back home and relaying details about the accuracy of bombing raids. Tragically, 50 of those involved in the Great Escape were murdered by the Gestapo. The author examines their deaths and the post-war investigation to bring their killers to justice. The Great Escapers is an extraordinary story, charted through the experiences of those who lived under the sweeping searchlights of the ominous watchtowers and ending with accounts from the seven remaining men who broke out that March night over 60 years ago - the last of the Great Escapers.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (16 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840189045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840189049
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Carroll is a national newspaper journalist and television producer. He wrote the critically acclaimed biography of the director Woody Allen, Woody and his Women, and was co-author of In Hitler's Bunker. He is married with two children and lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Reading 29 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed the book and found it informative.
The first reviewer obviously has no account for factual history.
It can often be a difficult read unlike fiction which is fabricated to keep the reader involved.If thats your thing then stick to Harry Potter.
If you want history then be prepared to be studious and to re-read past pages for total connection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Account of the Great Escape 22 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Great Escape has always been one of my favourite war films. Having seen various TV documentaries on the subject, I thought I would give this book a try and was found it absolutely fascinating.

Tim Carroll's account is clearly well researched and has lots of factual information about all aspects of the Escape including participants, background events and the search for the murderers of 50 of the airmen at the end of World War 2.

I learned a lot from this historical account and it is easy to see which episodes from the Escape were used in the film.

The Kindle version is well formatted.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I really must take issue with what 'A reader' has said about this book, though I can sympathise for him feeling somewhat fatigued with reading about the Great Escape as he's read everything else. I would contest that as an introduction to the Great Escape, this book - written from the historian's point of view rather than that of a participant (Jimmy James) or eye-witness (Paul Brickhill) - is a very good means of simply telling what happened and how it happened, with Carroll taking a somewhat detached view of proceedings and using the testament of those who were there. It is high time that a reliable, modern, secondary-source account of this episode of the Second World War was written - and I feel that in this respect Tim Carroll has delivered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top book 7 April 2013
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Great book full of info very easy to read one of the best war books l have read well worth 5 stars
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The most pointless book on this escape ever 1 Aug 2005
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Format:Paperback
I have read every book ever written on the Great Escape. Those by Allan Burgess and Anton Gill were bad enough, but this has got to be the biggest waste of space ever. Slapdash in every respect, and completely superfluous, it has absolutely nothing to recommend it. Stick to the books by Paul Brickhill, Jimmy James, Allen Andrews and Jonathan Vance, and you will be both well-informed and entertained. Why put yourself through hours of teeth-gnashing, lip-biting and hair-pulling? Tim Carroll's book made me so mad I threw it against the wall.
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