The Last Escape by Tony Rennell
The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45

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By June 1944 there were hundreds of thousands of American and British prisoners of war in camps across Nazi-controlled Europe. News of the D-Day landings, heard on secret camp radios, filled the prisoners with both hope and dread. Amid this confusion and fear, the POWs were herded from their camps and forced at gunpoint to walk many hundreds of miles deeper into Germany on what the POWs themselves called the Death March.

In The Last Escape, Gulf War POW and author John Nichol and popular historian Tony Rennell relate the astonishing story of these unrecognized heroes. Drawing upon interviews with many surviving veterans who speak here for the first time, this is an unparalleled account of endurance and courage in wartime.
 

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John Nichol is a bestselling author and a former RAF flight lieutenant who was shot down over Saddam Hussein's Iraq during the Gulf War, captured, and tortured. Tony Rennell, formerly the associate editor of the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday, is the author of Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria and coauthor of When Daddy Came Home.
 
Published May 26, 2003 by Viking Adult. 520 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Nichol and Rennell offer a superb account of prison life, enriched by numerous first-person accounts, and point to some of the curiosities and ironies of camp life—among them efforts by the SS general in charge of the camp system to ingratiate himself to senior Allied officers, recognizing that t...

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THE LAST ESCAPE The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Germany 1944-45 by John Nichol and Tony Rennell (Viking £20 pp471) In 1945, the image that dominated newsreels was of pitiful wrecks of humanity in loincloths, “limping home to you on a couple of sticks” (as the poet John Sibly put it).

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