Colditz: Oflag IV-C

Colditz: Oflag IV-C

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By (author) Michael McNally, Illustrated by Peter Dennis

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 241mm x 5mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 24 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 184603583X
  • ISBN 13: 9781846035838
  • Illustrations note: 30 MONO; 30 COL
  • Sales rank: 323,228

Product description

Immortalized in film and literature, the 15th century castle of Colditz is remembered not for tales of medieval chivalry or withstanding withering sieges but for its darker past, when it was converted by the Nazis into a prisoner-of-war camp called Oflag IV-C. A natural choice for a prison, Colditz had been used successfully during the First World War and had gained a reputation for being impossible to escape from. But this reputation was dramatically shattered by the ingenuity of the prisoners interned there. This book examines the history of Colditz, the methods used to keep prisoners inside her formidable walls, and the techniques by which her prisoners attempted to escape.

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Author information

Michael McNally is 39 years of age and was born, raised and educated in London. Of Irish parentage (one from each side of the border) Michael has had an active interest in Irish history, and military history in particular, from boyhood. He is married with two children and lives in Germany where he works for a major insurance company. The author lives in Germany.

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"The text in the book is well written and extremely detailed ... It details the history of Colditz castle from its construction to its use today." - Randy Harvey, "Armorama ""The illustrations by Peter Dennis are well done and cover the periods of the castle's early history up to its use during World War II. He has included some cutaway illustrations showing details of the castle as well as a tunnel system that was dug by the prisoners." -Randy Harvey," Model Shipwrights .".". the stories are very interesting since the attempts [to escape] involved everything from tunneling to simple attempt to walk out of the castle." J. E Kaufmann, "Site O"