Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle

History , European History, General History
Paperback Published on: 25/05/2023
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Colditz in colour
This may well be the definitive popular history of the infamous prison camp, its guards and inmates. In depth yet gripping, the book adds much needed nuanc... READ MORE
Lewis Hurst


In a forbidding Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany, an unlikely band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their Nazi captors. Or so the story of Colditz has gone, unchallenged for 70 years. But that tale contains only part of the truth.

The astonishing inside story, revealed for the first time by bestselling historian Ben Macintyre, is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of class conflict, homosexuality, espionage, insanity and farce.

Through an astonishing range of material, Macintyre reveals a remarkable cast of characters, wider than previously seen and hitherto hidden from history, taking in prisoners and captors who were living cheek-by-jowl in a thrilling game of cat and mouse.

From the Indian doctor whose hunger strike and eventual escape reads like a thriller, to America's oldest paratrooper and least successful secret agent, the soldier-prisoners of Colditz were astonishingly imaginative in their escape attempts; but there were many other ways to survive while awaiting their unknown fate. Deeply researched and full of incredible colour, this is the definitive book on one of the greatest war stories ever told.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241986974
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 313g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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Bought for my mum she really enjoy this book if u like book about what happen in colditz about men trying to escape frown prison
Suzanne Dawkins
So good, I read it twice
Read it twice. Bought this ne as a gift
Robert Calcutt
I thought this was an excellent read. I thought I knew quite a lot about Colditz but having read this book I realise I didn't. I didn't know what a class ... READ MORE
Patrick Elliott