- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184603583X
- ISBN-13: 978-1846035838
- Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 0.6 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Colditz: Oflag IV-C (Fortress) Paperback – 10 Aug 2010
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"The text in the book is well written and extremely detailed ... It details the history of Colditz castle from its construction to its use today." - Randy Harvey, "Armorama
""The illustrations by Peter Dennis are well done and cover the periods of the castle's early history up to its use during World War II. He has included some cutaway illustrations showing details of the castle as well as a tunnel system that was dug by the prisoners." -Randy Harvey," Model Shipwrights
.".". the stories are very interesting since the attempts [to escape] involved everything from tunneling to simple attempt to walk out of the castle." J. E Kaufmann, "Site O""
The text in the book is well written and extremely detailed ... It details the history of Colditz castle from its construction to its use today. "Randy Harvey, Armorama"
The illustrations by Peter Dennis are well done and cover the periods of the castle's early history up to its use during World War II. He has included some cutaway illustrations showing details of the castle as well as a tunnel system that was dug by the prisoners. "Randy Harvey, Model Shipwrights"
... the stories are very interesting since the attempts [to escape] involved everything from tunneling to simple attempt to walk out of the castle. "J. E. Kaufmann, Site O""
A history of the most famous prisoner-of-war camp of World War II the castle of Colditz and the men who were held there.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I have been buying Osprey books since 1977 and never have I held such a flimsy, floppy book in my hands yet! What is it? It isn't a paperback, is it the result of some international shortage of quality cardboard to stiffen up the outward appearance of a book?
Hence my 3 star rating, nothing wrong with the book itself, at all.
The content of this book is fine. I visited Colditz in 1994 and I am very glad that the authorities have decided to do something about the toutist appeal concerning Schloss Colditz. In 1994 it was a dump, literally. Good thing was that you could roam about the place without troublesome guides, or whatever, to curtail your curiosity.
It is a beautiful place and full of exciting, and moving, stories, to bore your grandchildren with. I am glad the author introduced the castle to us, the temptation to rush into WW2 is great, of course.
The maps, drawings, photo's and content itself is great. Very clear, a little brief (but, it is an Osprey book with a limited ammount of pages) and it holds all the right stories. Limited space, for instance, doesn't do justice to the huge ammount of work done by the non-Brits and a little more about the Goons.
If nothing else, it should give the new-comer to Colditz sufficient appetite to get stuck into this place-of-places! I thought it was well worth the money.
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At the end ob the booklet, besides some information on the after the war uses of the castle, you will find the web address of the society preserving the castle and the young hostel now housed there.
I had my first contact with the Colditz story with the BBC series. Years later I found Reid's book. After some years (having bought the series' DVDs) I got stuck again and have bought three more books (besides this one) on the subject. I chose this one to read it first. And I was not disappointed.
After this roundabout beginning, the author then arrives at the conversion to Colditz Castle into a POW camp for Allied officers at the start of the Second World War. The first Polish officers arrived in November 1940 (keeping in mind that their brethren taken by the Russians were gunned down in Katyn Forrest seven months prior), followed by a large French contingent, a few Dutch and a handful of British/Canadian officers. The author does a very good job describing the German guard force and the changing priorities of the three different castle commanders. And then of course, the escape attempts begin.... Probably to the delight of most readers, much of the book is indeed about the various escape attempts, including the ambitious French `metro' tunnel project. The graphic support is very good, complete with an overhead BEV map of the castle, several artwork scenes and plenty of photos of the castle. At times I found this one a bit tedious, enlivened by spasms of drama, but it fits the bill admirably on this topic.