MEN OF COLDITZ by P. R Reid

MEN OF COLDITZ

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KIRKUS REVIEW

More (The Colditz Story) about the stone walls which did not always make an escape-proof prison for some international internees, this picks up some peripheral material from the earlier book and adds to the account of his own experience there. And again this is a record of high hearted resistance and enterprise, of gambles and gambits, of stratagems and hoaxes in the face of stiffening security measures when sound detectors, Alsatian dogs and scientifically trained sentries were to lessen the chances of a successful escape. The tunnel, a Herculean labor of many months and a hundred Frenchman which was betrayed by overconfidence; the various exits- a terrace, a well, and even a manhole; the elaborate escape (one of many) of Mike-dressed as the Emperor Franz Josef; the infiltration and occupation of the parcel office- by the prisoners; the goon baiting- and bribing- all these incidents display once again the ingenuity and impudence of prisoners at war-determined to get out even at the expense of their lives. But market- wise, there has been a lot of running interference- most recently Airey Neave's They Have Their Exits.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1954
Publisher: Lippincott