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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Brickhill Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 American and British air force officers, every single one of them, every minute, every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year. With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from the German “ferrets” who prowled the compounds with nerve-racking tenacity and suspicion. And against all odds, they pulled off a daring mass escape from a German POW camp.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…spine-tingling…puts the average war book so far in the shadow it’s not even funny.”

    Dallas Times-Herald

  • “One of the great true stories of the war, and one of the greatest escape narratives of all time.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Robert Whitfield reads this suspenseful dramatic story in a calm, thoughtful manner. His consistent pace and matter-of-fact delivery mimic the methodical struggle of the POWs to regain their freedom and escape starvation. The timing, cadence, vocal quality, and even melody of Whitfield’s reading add to the suspense. Listeners will understand more fully the ordeal of a POW.”


  • An Audible.com Bestseller in December 2015

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sanaya | 1/10/2014

    " The story is unbelievable and the people are fascinating. The amount of ingenuity which went into every detail of the escape is just amazing, and the book is infinitely readable. The original book on the escape, it doesn't go into as much detail as Jonathan F. Vance's A Gallant Company , but is a much more engaging read (sytlistically very similar to the movie, so people who like the movie will definitely enjoy the book). It isn't heavy, in fact it is, for the most part, an enjoyable read, though the ending is certainly jarring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melanie | 1/2/2014

    " I was able to pick this book up from a book fair in London. I had never seen it before, and in fact did not realize that it was a book. I had of course seen the movie, even owned it. I enjoyed the movie and I thought the book would be equally enjoyable. I was right in a sense. I will say that the movie was remarkably similar to the book, a rare occurrence for Hollywood to actually get the story right. What these men went through is quite amazing. I had a hard time putting this book down, even though I knew the ending, I continued to hope that they would make it through. I was happy to see that there was more detail about the men in the book, for I was curious to know more about their character since the movie failed to mention it. I would say this is a must read for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ross Mitchell | 12/18/2013

    " As "famous" as this story is, I don't think enough people know about it. Truly fascinating--a very engaging novel on a historic event. U.S. soldiers escaping German prisons, not so much to get free, but to occupy German troops, thus being a benefit to their fellow soldiers out fighting on the front lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher Day | 11/3/2013

    " A jolly good read "

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