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by Alan Burgess

Recounts the escape attempt of seventy-six Allied POWs, three of whom made it to safety, and describes the trial of the Gestapo who killed recaptured POWs
Download The Longest Tunnel: The True Story of World War Ii's Great Escape epub
ISBN: 1555840337
ISBN13: 978-1555840334
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Author: Alan Burgess
Language: English
Publisher: Grove Pr; 1st edition (January 1, 1990)
Pages: 289 pages
ePUB size: 1738 kb
FB2 size: 1322 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 232
Other Formats: lrf lit azw mbr

This is the real story of "The Great Escape". Some will remember the movie starring actor Steve McQueen. That was a wonderful movie. However that was, undoubtedly, the Hollywood version. This book is a more detailed, accurate story. Burgess is an excellent writer who takes you inside the Stalag Luft III, the German prison camp where the allied airmen were held. He provides details I had never heard about before about the lives of the POWs and their journeys after the break-out. I very rarely give five stars, but this book deserves that rating.
Enjoyed movie The Great Escape and this book looks back at escape and hunting down of murderers of the fifty escapees who were killed. It is probably for junkies of this story but if you saw the movie or have read previous books on topic I think you will enjoy this book.
If you saw the movie "Great Escape" or read The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill and is looking for more information on the subject, this book is definitely a great choice.

It tells the story of the prisioners from Stalag Luft III without repeating what Mr Brickhill already wrote on his famous book. It has more details and stories that only came out only much after the end of the war. It describes courage of a few men and the horrors of imprisionement during war time, up to the moment the perpetrators were hunted down and brought to justice.

Definitely recommend.
What can I say, if you buy this, you've hit the motherlode!! Nazis, spies, defectors, tunnels, toffs on the run, French, Aussies, Poles, Brits and Jerries.

The real story of how and why Tom, Dick and Harry were constructed; who went through the tunnels and what ultimately happened to each of them.

Great book!
Good companion book for The Great Escape.
This book arrived in a timely fashion and was exactly as described. Very smooth transaction. Thanks!
This was a gift and I did not read it. Could not post this info without picking out a star.
What you get with this book is interviews with Great Escape survivors in the 1980s. Their recollections are then incorporated into the narrative as contemporaneous dialogues between prisoners in Stalag Luft 111. This gives a fictional air to events. Some of the words are those of executed escapees. In fact, their thoughts are even given as well. For instance, Roger Bushell's thoughts as he spoke to a prisoner meeting can be read about here. Bushell was executed in 1944.

Compared to Paul Brickhill's The Great Escape this book is short on details of the planning and development of the tunnels. Brickhill was part of the escape but didn't go on the night. His book was written shortly after the war and has lots of contemporary realism. By contrast, Burgess's book relies on memories forty years after the event. There is no sense of immediate danger. Burgess has plenty of information on the postwar search for the executioners, but Brickhill also covered this area.

If you read one book on the Great Escape choose Paul Brickhill's book. Give the Longest Tunnel a miss.