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|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|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
GNAB This is a excellent history of the POW situation in Germany in the First World War, and the intrepid pilots and air crews who did their all to escape and get back into the planes that would win the war. I found it very enlightening and even entertaining at times, with never a dull moment. We forget, in this day and age, just how fragile were the planes in the early twentieth century, and how nasty that war got before it was over. The Geneva Convention was just a name as far as Germany was c ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed reading "The Escape Artists" by Neal Boscomb. It was and interesting and engaging story I was unaware of set in WWI. I am so grateful when authors write these types of stories because a time will come when the memories of these events are completely erased and these books are all we will have left of such important events.
The story follows several British military men during WWI as they make several attempts to escape POW Camps in Germany. I wish I would've written down the main chara ...more
THE GRAND ESCAPE details the people and events around a major prison break from Holzminden during World War I. It begins by giving the reader some background on the events that led up to World War I including the building of professional armies and diplomatic efforts that were either non-existent or ineffectual. It introduces the Hague Conventions that were supposed to legislate the ethical and humane treatment of Prisoners of War.
The British entered the war with enthusiasm and with the confiden ...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
A riveting story is about prisoners of WW1 and the efforts/commitments they made upon being captured to try to escape from the German prison camps.
One of the fascinating things learned in the book was the reciprocal agreement between the Germans and the allied troops (primarily English) that if an officer was caught trying to escape, he would just be assigned to another prison camp, unlike the enlisted who were summarily executed. Fascinating stories surrounding the “escape artists” and their b ...more
I was lucky and got to read this and two other history books as advance copies, and The Grand Escape was definitely the best of them. Stories of history can be just as engrossing as a novel if the author "gets it" and Neal Bascomb "gets it". The book is really well written and the research is obviously deep, but doesn't come off as dry facts - instead it adds depth to the real-life characters and narrative. There's a lot to learn here, and it was neat to hear how this specific breakout influence ...more
Neal Bascomb is the author of many books about WW1, WW2, and other 20th century events. He's a superb author; writing about complicated history with an ease it's a pleasure to read. His new book, "The Escape Artists", is about British airmen and soldiers captured by the Germans in WW1 and sent to a hell-hole POW camp, Holzminden. The subtitle of the book is "A Band of Daredevil Pilots and Greatest Prison Break of the Great War", and that's what Bascomb concentrates his text on.
When I picked thi ...more