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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars

on 3 August 2017
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.
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on 29 December 2012
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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on 20 January 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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on 29 November 2013
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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on 24 August 2009
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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on 13 May 2015
I read the book after seeing the movie. The latter was very true to the former. A very enjoyable read. The politics once our protagonist got to the USA was very interesting.
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on 12 September 2016
An interesting account of a German Luftwaffe pilot, who after being shot down in the Battle of Britain finally managed to escape back to Germany.
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on 8 October 2013
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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on 11 January 2017
Came promptly and exactly as I expected
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on 6 August 2014
An enjoyably true story and good read
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