Two officers made home runs via a tunnel dug in the open air beneath a wooden vaulting horse from Stalag Luft III. The author, a Royal Air Force bomber captain, was shot down over Germany in 1942 and imprisoned in Stalag-Luft III (site of the 'Great Escape' later in the war).. He escaped after 10 months and, accompanied by a fellow RAF officer, made his way back to England. He relates his story in three distinct phases: the construction of a tunnel (its entrance camouflaged by the wooden vaulting horse in the exercise yard) and hiding the large quantities of sand he dug; the escape; and the journey on foot and by train to the port of Stettin, where Williams and his fellow escapee stowed away aboard a Danish ship, the Norensen. The story of the flight across Germany is particularly tense, as Williams relates how their clothing and fabricated travel papers became shabbier and more conspicuous. This classic escape-and-evasion story, an exciting read and is arguably the most ingenious POW escape of WWII. The Wooden Horse became a legend among servicemen long before its publication in 1949. It was famously filmed by Jack Lee, starring David Tomlinson, Anthony Steel, Bryan Forbes and Peter Finch.
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Book Description COLLINS, 1955. Book Condition: Very Good. Revised ed.. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP95052664
Book Description COLLINS, 1955. Book Condition: Good. Revised ed.. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92382500
Book Description Collins, London, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Martin, Thomas (illustrator). Special Illustrated edition for young people of the 1949 First Edition. Dedication from author on title page. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 004567
Book Description Dec 01, 1955. Book Condition: Used: Good. Aufl. von 1949 - Collins, im Schnitt gedunkelt, Namenseintrag vorne - Innen: hinten trennt sich der Einband vom Buch. Bookseller Inventory # 11113
Book Description Truth Hall Press, 1924. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover. DJ (with browning spots) attached to spine by brown string binding - still strong. Straight, sharp, boards. No inscriptions. Internally clean and crisp. Bookseller Inventory # 001819