This man was totally indoctrinated with Nazi values of the Second World War, and escaped twice from POW camps in the UK, only to be recaptured. His escape to Germany in the Second World War was committed in Canada after being transferred from Britain but still in their custody. The only German esape in the Second World War.
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.
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.