Bascomb has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly. The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism. David Grann, New York Timesbestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon Neal Bascomb, New York Times best-selling author, delivers the spellbinding story of the downed Allied airmen who masterminded the remarkably courageousand ingeniousbreakout from Germanys 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 Germanys 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 (...
|Title||:||The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War|
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|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War Reviews
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 ...more
So have you seen The Great Escape? The 1963 film is a virtual who’s-who of ’60s movie stardom (including Steve McQueen (yay!), James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, and James Garner). The movie is a dramatization of a real-life mass prison break from a Nazi prison camp during World War II. The Escape Artists tells the story of the men who laid the foundations of such escapes.
World War I brought warfare into a brutal, modern era. The trenches, the gas, the aerial dogfights were new and terrible rea ...more
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World War I was a harrowing war, but is not covered as frequently as World War II. This is a shame, since there are so many facets of the war that have not been covered. For instance, I had forgotten that the Hague Conventions laid out very clear and extensive rules about how prisoners of war should be treated. During WWI, the Germans violated these on multiple occasions. The Grand Escape tells how prisoners at Holzminden were so mistreated that the plan ...more
The Escape Artists can easily be envisioned as ready for the big screen. The author builds up the story with painstakingly researched details of the fliers lives before the war, while imprisoned, and afterwards, including the reunions decades later. This book joins Bascomb’s other great pieces of wartime nonfiction, and rivals Hampton Sides’s Ghost Soldiers as one of the best accounts of POW escape.
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This book made me uncomfortable to read, but I learned a lot. The conditions of prison camps during WW 1 were interesting. I did not know that officers were treated differently than the enlisted men. I also didn't know that prisoners were allowed to get mail, get paid and buy things. There was a part of me that could not help but think of Hogan's Heros.
The most uncomfortable reading was the description of digging and escaping through the tunnel.
A great read for history bluffs and fans of pushin ...more
I sped through this book, it was that interesting. The way the story is narrated and the fact that as a usual history reader I am familiar with most of the battles, sites and offensives mentioned in this book made for a most delightful read . If you are interested in WWI and the roles POW played in the conflict then this is the book for you , you will also read about many attempts at escape from allied prisoners which will make the case that while in prison these allied soldiers never lost the w ...more
An extremely well-researched account of escape attempts (both successful and unsuccessful) by British soldiers during WW I.
As most of these were pilots, readers get a vivid account of what life was like for those early pilots, as warfare made its shift skyward. The attrition rate was as terrible as it became in QQ II, but these guys still were willing to risk it. Some even relished the risk.
They brought the same attitude toward trying to escape, though conditions in prisoner of war camps were a ...more