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The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War

Neal Bascomb, New York Times best-selling author, delivers the spellbinding story of the downed Allied airmen who masterminded the remarkably courageous--and ingenious--breakout from Germany's most devilish POW camp In the winter trenches and flak-filled skies of World War I, soldiers and pilots alike might avoid death, only to find themselves imprisoned in Germany's archipelago of POW camps, often in abominable conditions. The most infamous was Holzminden, a land-locked Alcatraz of sorts that housed the most troublesome, escape-prone prisoners. Its commandant was a boorish, hate-filled tyrant named Karl Niemeyer who swore that none should ever leave. Desperate to break out of "Hellminden" and return to the fight, a group of Allied prisoners led by ace pilot (and former Army sapper) David Gray hatch an elaborate escape plan. Their plot demands a risky feat of engineering as well as a bevy of disguises, forged documents, fake walls, and steely resolve. Once beyond the watch towers and r...

Title : The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War
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ISBN : 37551690
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 320 pages
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The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War Reviews

  • MaryJo Hansen

    This book will appeal to WW One historians, aviation history buffs and those interested in a good read about brave men escaping from adverse conditions.

    I also appreciated the descriptions of what life was like in German prison camps in this war, the backgrounds of the men who tried to escape and why they felt they had to try.

    Well researched with diagrams and pictures; thrilling to read, highly recommended.

  • ||Swaroop||

    Stone Walls do not a Prison make. Nor Iron bars a Cage.

    You are a beloved hero, adored and respected on one side of the fence/wall, and you are a villain, hated and tortured on the other side...

    Your face is idolized on one side and you are beheaded on the other...

    Strange and weird are the ways we, humans, create divide and hate among ourselves!

    This thoroughly researched and well written collection of World War I breakout memoirs is about the struggles, hardships, adventures, determination, perse

    I have such joy in my heart's coffer,

    Little I care what Life may offer;

    Little it matters if I like

    In dungeons, who possess the sky.

    The sparkling morn, the starry night,

    Are locked away for my delight.

    But in my heart there hangs a key

    To open them, called memory.

  • Nancy

    3.9 I thought this was a very good non fiction book . “In, total, 573 British and Empire prisoners....escaped during WW1. Remarkably , by one historian’s estimate , there were over ten thousand attempts. Those who succeeded were a small , select group out of the 192,848 POWs held in Germany.”

    The story tells of several attempts by soldiers but the main focus in book was the group led by David Gray and the escape from Holzminden....the greatest prison break of WW1. I especially enjoyed all the pho

  • Jay Klages

    A wonderful story brought to life, and 5-star research. I only thought the first half could have been structured a bit more effectively. After the initial captures, I found it hard to keep track of the main characters. Maybe the story could have just started at Holzminden where you got to know the main characters and their backstories. I was definitely glued to the last 100-150 pages. Recommended for any escape story junkie.

  • Jess

    The Escape Artists is the extraordinary story of a small group of British servicemen and their efforts to escape from German POW camps. It's not necessarily one group, as prisoners get moved from camp to camp and participate in different escape efforts. Rather, it's about the resilience of men in very challenging conditions. They face frustrations and dangers, and some even make good their escapes while others fail and some even die in the effort. Theirs is a story of courage and determination i ...more

  • Christopher Hayes

    This book was absolutely spellbinding. I read it in two days and found myself struggling to pull away. With superb editing and an extensive history of reasearch, Neal Bascomb was able to transport me to another time. The Escape Artists is a nonfiction account of prisoners of war held in Germany during World War One. This was a time when the gentlemanly agreements of the Hague and Geneva conventions were unenforceable, and prisoners were treated in grossly inhumaine fashion. The Escape Artists be ...more

  • Linda

    This is an excellent history (that I received as an eARC from Netgalley) of a subject that is not that well represented in the history section - probably because it deals with WWI instead of WWII. Luckily ever since 2014 when the first WWI centennials were observed more and more information about WWI has been published and a new generation of readers are introduced to the terrible first world war, a war of such devastation it is sad that this wasn't the last world war. As in all wars, along wit ...more

  • Schuyler Wallace

    When you ‘re down and out and feeling blue (is that a song?), you need a book such as Neal Bascomb’s “The Escape Artists” to get you rejuvenated. It’s the story of heroes who never give up. The horrors of German prison camps are, once again, presented in miserable detail but there’s something different. There’s optimism, courage, ingenuity, persistence, and humor that overcome the bleakness experienced by most captives.

    During the war the sky over Germany rained paper, wire, and wood as thousands