The Last Escape : The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Germany 1944-1945, Paperback

The Last Escape : The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Germany 1944-1945 Paperback

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"The Last Escape" by Tony Rennell and John Nichol is an extraordinary look at the final days of World War II.

As WW2 drew to a close, hundreds of thousands of British and American prisoners of war, held in camps in Nazi-occupied Europe, faced the prospect that they would never get home alive.

In the depths of winter, their guards harried them on marches out of their camps and away from the armies advancing into the heart of Hitler's defeated Germany.

Hundreds died from exhaustion, disease and starvation. "The Last Escape" is told through the testimony of those heroic men, now in their seventies and eighties and telling their stories publicly for the first time. "Gripping, moving and thoughtful. The excellent team of Nichol and Rennell have done it again". (Patrick Bishop, author of "Fighter Boys"). John Nichol is a former RAF flight lieutenant whose Tornado bomber was shot down on a mission over Iraq during the first Gulf War.

He was captured and made a prisoner of war. Tony Rennell is a writer for the "Daily Mail" and a former deputy editor of the "Sunday Times".

Their previous books include "The Last Escape", "Tail-End Charlies" and "Medic".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, 16pp b&w photographs, notes, bibliography, index
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780141003887



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Brilliantly researched story of Allied PoWs last months in captivity in Germany, as they were marched from place to place under often terrible conditions. The authors draw on many personal diaries and recollections as well as official sources to bring to life these amazing stories, of what was the last desperate days of the Third Reich and the PoWs attempts to survive, until Allied troops reached them. A fitting tribute to these previously unsung heroes who never received their due recognition.

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