In early 1942 the Germans opened a top-security prisoner-of-war camp in Lower Silesia for captured Allied airmen. Called Stalag Luft III, the camp soon came to contain some of the most inventive escapers ever known. They were led by Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, code-named 'Big X', who masterminded an attempt to smuggle hundreds of POWs down a tunnel built right under the noses of their guards. The escape would come to be immortalised in the famous film "The Great Escape", in which the ingenuity and bravery of the men was rightly celebrated. The plan involved multiple tunnels, hundreds of forged documents, as well as specially made German uniforms and civilian clothing. In this book Guy Walters takes a fresh look at this remarkable event and asks the question, what was the true story, not the movie version? He also examines what the escape really achieved, and the complex nature of the man who led it. The result is an authoritative and ground-breaking re-evaluation of the most iconic escape story of the Second World War.
The in-depth study on this world-famous escape adventure.
Guy Walters strips away the myths to reveal the real story behind the film and finds the truth to be no less thrilling. This is utterly compelling and once again shows there is no better investigator in this field James Holland
Guy Walters is the author of several books on the Second World War, including Hunting Evil and Berlin Games. A former journalist on The Times, he writes widely on historical topics for the national press. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife the author Annabel Venning and their two children. He is also the author of four thrillers: The Leader, The Traitor, The Occupation and The Colditz Legacy, all of which are available as ebooks. www.guywalters.com