The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Breakout of WWI

Neal Bascomb

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: John Murray Press

Published: 11-07-2019


July 1918. A band of Allied Royal Flying Corps airmen are determined to escape Germany’s harshest POW camp. Their plan will become the most ambitious mass breakout attempt of the Great War.

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SKU: 9781473686816

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In the winter trenches and flak-filled skies of World War I, captured soldiers and pilots narrowly avoided death only to find themselves imprisoned in Germany’s archipelago of brutal POW camps. After several unsuccessful escapes, a group of Allied prisoners of Holzminden – Germany’s land-locked Alcatraz- hatched the most elaborate escape plan yet known. With ingenious engineering, disguises, forgery and courage, their story would electrify Britain in some of its darkest hours of the war.Drawing on never-before-seen memoirs and letters, Neal Bascomb brings this little-known story narrative to life amid the despair of the trenches and the height of patriotic duty.

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Weight 0.253 kg
Dimensions 72 × 130 × 198 mm
Page Count 352