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Holzminden German POW Camp WW1 Escape From Germany


Escape from Germany The Greatest POW Break-Out of the First World War by N. Hanson

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 Escape from Germany The Greatest POW Break-Out


Several Australians took part in the Holzminden breakout during the later part World War One. Importantly, the book offers interesting and definitive accounts of what life was like as a POW of the Germans during WW1. This book would be a great read for anyone who had a relative interned as a POW during World War I.

In 1918, Holzminden was the most heavily guarded POW camp in the world. Patrolled by ferocious dogs and armed guards with orders to shoot to kill, it was a brutal punishment camp, housing 700 prisoners of all nationalities. To escape would take boundless ingenuity and nerves of steel.

Many tried. Prisoners used sardine-tin openers to pick locks, forged documents, sent messages using milk as an invisible ink, and created fake uniforms and elaborate disguises - one even impersonated the notorious camp commandant. Every attempt failed, leading only to ever-tighter defences.

But on the night of 23 July 1918, twenty-nine undaunted Allied prisoners (including several Australians) achieved the impossible. They had spent nine months using knives and spoons to move tonnes of earth, clay and stone, digging a tunnel over 150 feet long through the foundations of the barracks and under the walls and barbed-wire fences, to the farmland beyond.

This is the fascinating story of how they did it - and of the many who had failed before them. Neil Hanson provides a rare insight into the minds of these prisoners of war, revealing their resourcefulness, courage and persistence - and inexhaustible good humour. 

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Book Condition:
Pre-owned book, in very good - near new condition
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Dimensions in mm :
125 x 200 x 30
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