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The Real Great Escape: The Story of the First World War's Most Daring Mass Breakout

Cook, Jacqueline

ISBN 10: 0857981145 / ISBN 13: 9780857981141
Published by Random House Australia
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Num Pages: 320 pages, illustrations, maps. BIC Classification: 1DFG; 3JJF; HBJD; HBLW; HBWN; JWXR. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 234 x 155 x 25. Weight in Grams: 461. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780857981141

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Title: The Real Great Escape: The Story of the ...

Publisher: Random House Australia

Binding: Soft cover

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Bigger than The Great Escape, this is the story of the first successful mass tunnel escape from a POW camp in World War I Germany

Situated in Lower Saxony, Germany, Holzminden swung open its barbed wire gates to welcome its first guests in September 1917. It was here that the transient population of officers and orderlies from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India, and Argentina found themselves at the mercy of the despotic Kommandant, Karl Niemeyer, who prided himself on his unblemished breakout record. Serial escapees who had attempted multiple escapes from other camps were sent here for containment. A group of intrepid officers hatched a daring breakout plan that was to become the blueprint for escape attempts in subsequent wars. Under the feet of their German captors, the officers dug a 55-meter-long tunnel through concrete foundations, rock, and packed earth with little more than ingenuity and kitchen cutlery. Nine months later, twenty-nine officers emerged from the exit hole in a nearby rye field and melted into the darkness of the German countryside. Running the gamut of a furious kommandant, search parties, and townspeople eager to claim the reward for their recapture, ten escapees managed to reach neutral Holland—and ultimately the safety of England. To write this extraordinary book, Jacqueline Cook called for contributions from descendants of Holzminden POWs, who opened their treasure chests to offer personal anecdotes, wartime journals, unpublished photographs, and artwork. The Real Great Escape illuminates the amazing lives of a group of courageous men, from the victorious to the tragic.

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Jacqueline Cook is a screenwriter with several films in development, including a supernatural thriller, a WWI drama, and a UK drama.

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