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4.0 out of 5 stars Great War Story, 29 Dec 2012
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I downloaded this book as I am researching prisoners during the second world war but what a cracking tale it turned out to be. Although it is a true story it reads like a thriller in the John Buchan vein and creates a world where the plodding Brits are a great deal cannier than they first appear and the Germans are far more sympathetically portrayed than was usual in 1953. One cannot help admiring serial-escapee von Werra for his tenacity and courage at the same time as enjoying the gentlemanly British interrogation techniques which have you squirming with embarrassment as von Werra's past war exploits turn out to be spectacularly embellished. With this in mind I do wonder if using von Werra's own account of his adventures may have put an extra spin on the facts but this doesn't lessen the incredible achievement of the only German prisoner of war to escape from the Allies. (He didn't manage to escape from England though – it was the Canadians who let him slip away.)

A great read well written and beautifully researched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening war epic, 20 Jan 2013
A very good read. It really makes you realise German POW weren't much different to British in their desire to escape.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that got away, 24 Aug 2009
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Mr. P. M. Stanford "otahuhu." (CHESTER .UK) - See all my reviews
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FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT LOVE A GOOD WAR FILM,WELL ACTED AND A TRUE STORY,
MADE IN THE 1950'S,THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU,KEEPS YOU ON YOUR TOES FROM BEGINNING TO END,IT HAS BEEN ON THE TV,BUT IS WELL WORTH ADDING TO YOUR COLLECTION,THE STORY CENTRES ON A GERMAN FIGHTER PILOT,WHO CRASHES IN ENGLAND HAVING BEEN SHOT DOWN BY THE R.A.F,IS TAKEN PRISONER,
AND TRIES TO ESCAPE AT EVERY AVAILABLE OPORTUNITY,HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the other side, 29 Nov 2013
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Mr. Andrew Burns (Perth- SCOTLAND) - See all my reviews
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Is interesting to read a WWII escape from the other sides point of view. Not written by the escaper himself, but well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One You Have To Read!, 8 Oct 2013
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I first saw the film starring Hardy Kruger last year and enjoyed every minute of it. Suffice to say the book is just as good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ebook, 29 Nov 2012
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Mr. A. L. Rees "ALR" (uk) - See all my reviews
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This is a great book. If you have seen the film you will enjoy this, and at this price a real snip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The One That Got Away, 6 Aug 2014
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An enjoyably true story and good read
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