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The Great Escape

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2014 will mark 70 years since the events that inspired the 1963 movie The Great Escape. Here are three new books that go deeper into the story.
Almost a Great Escape

Almost a Great Escape

A Found Story
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Following his mothers death in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man hes never heard of, and a love affair doomed by class and circumstance. The letters are from Jens Müller, a Norwegian pilot who trained in Canada during the early days of World War II, one of only three prisoners who would make it …

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This Great Escape

This Great Escape

The Case of Michael Paryla
edition:Paperback

SHORTLISTED FOR THE $60,000 HILARY WESTON WRITERS' TRUST NONFICTION PRIZE

"What the hell kind of great escape is this? No one escapes!" -L.B. Mayer, on the 1963 film

He had fifty-seven seconds of screen time in the most lavish POW film Hollywood ever produced. He was blond. A Gestapo agent. Sauntering down the aisles of a speeding train, he speaks in terse German to Richard Attenborough, Gordon Jackson, David McCallum. The film is The Great Escape (by John Sturges, starring Steve McQueen); the act …

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The Great Escape

The Great Escape

A Canadian Story
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

A unique retelling of WWII’s most dramatic escape, told through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it.

On the night of March 24, 1944, 80 Commonwealth airmen crawled through a 336-foot-long tunnel and slipped into the forest beyond the wire of Stalag Luft III, a German POW compound near Sagan, Poland. The event became known as &8220;The Great Escape,&8220; an intricate breakout more than a year in the making, involving as many as 2,000 POWs working with extraordinary coor …

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