Colditz: The Full Story (Pan Military Classics Series)

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 19, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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In Colditz: The Full Story, Major Pat Reid brings together the many dramatic discoveries resulting from researh that has covered the five continents. From all walks of life, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, German and Polish prisoners - as well as those from the British Commonwealth and USA - were incarcerated in suffocating intimacy for five years in an alien and hostile land. Under these conditions, they proved that men could live together and that loyalty and generosity could thrive, transcending the natural prejudices of race, creed, language and intellecual diversity.

There were more than 300 escape attempts at Colditz and in this fascinating portrayal, Reid vividly describes this unique period in Second World War history. Furthermore, he reveals the code systems between the War Ofiice and Colditz; shows how he obtained information on Germany's secret weapons; and investigates the existence of traitors and the situation of non-collaborators in the castle.

This is a true story, which nonetheless possesses the mythical qualities that cause a legend to live forever.

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User Review  - oldman - LibraryThing

Written by one who was there this is is the story of escape from he "unescapable" POW camp at Colditz. I have read this more than once and still find it surprising for the peristence and courage of the participants. five stars Read full review

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User Review  - MerryMary - LibraryThing

I actually bought this in high school during the popular run of "Hogan's Heroes." I probably thought it would be a madcap account of highjinks in POW camps! It isn't, but it is a serious and engrossing account of ingenuity and determination in the face of overwhelming odds. Read full review

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Major Pat Reid was one of the first captives to be imprisoned at Colditz in the Second World War. The tale of how he escaped from the prison is one of the classics of Twentieth Century literature.

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