Historian James Holland introduces a richly illustrated edition.
Major P. R. Reid was sent to Colditz in 1940 and escaped two years later. His book, written with typical British understatement, details the ingenuity and bravery of the Colditz officers and the workings of the ‘escape committee’. Examples include a 45-year-old officer disguised as a ‘bronze-haired Rhine maiden’, dummies used during roll calls, feigned illnesses and countless ruses to befuddle and dupe the guards. Other methods involved months of planning and execution – in one case shifting tonnes of rubble from an underground tunnel to a fifth-floor attic.
This edition, expertly introduced by the historian James Holland, features two redrawn maps of the castle and its environs, watercolours by POW Major William Anderson and photographs of daily life, key figures, the famous Colditz glider and items from the Colditz escape museum.
Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by Raquel Leis Allion
Set in Joanna with Photina display
Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour and black & white plates and 2 integrated documents
9½˝ x 6¼˝