The Great Escape

The Great Escape


By (author) Paul Brickhill

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 204mm x 20mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393325792
  • ISBN 13: 9780393325799
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: 16 pages of photographs
  • Sales rank: 67,220

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They were American and British air force officers in a German prison camp. With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, forged passports, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from German surveillance. It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men-every one of them, every minute, every hour, every day and night for more than a year. Made into the classic movie starring Steve McQueen.

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Author information

Paul Brickhill was shot down over Tunisia on March 17, 1943. He was captured by the Germans and soon transferred to Luft III, where he joined organization "X" working on the great escape.

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"One of the great true stories of the war, and one of the greatest escape narratives of all time." "Absorbing... spine-tingling... puts the average war book so far in the shadow it's not even funny." "For sheer suspense, puts the fictioneers to shame."