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The Last Escape: The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45

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As World War II approached its end, thousands of American and British soldiers languished in German POW camps. With the Russian Red Army closing in from the east and Allied troops advancing from the west, Hitler forced the POWs deeper into the heart of Germany. Over the next several months these prisoners were forced to walk more than 500 miles through the severest of wint ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Penguin Books (first published October 31st 2002)
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A.L. Sowards
Jan 18, 2016 A.L. Sowards rated it really liked it
This was a good account of what happened to American and British prisoners of war held in Germany during the last year of WWII. As the front lines got closer and closer to Germany, many of the men were marched first west—away from the advancing Red Army, and then east or south—away from the advancing British or American forces. There was never enough food, the weather was awful, and the men always lived in fear of a mass execution by the Nazis or death by friendly fire. First the Germans thought ...more
'Aussie Rick'
Oct 07, 2011 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-military, ww2
A very good account of a forgotten part of the Second World War; Allied POW's caught in the final months of the Third Reich. The author's of this book have provide the reader with a detailed and moving account of what happened to the many thousands of Allied POW's caught in the final struggle for Nazi Germany towards the end of WW2.

These men are the unrecognised heroes of the Second World War. British soldiers captured from as far back as Dunkirk, or in North Africa or as recent as Arnhem. Or t
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Nathaniel
Aug 07, 2014 Nathaniel rated it it was amazing
This book did gave me for World War 2 what "Look Away" gave me for the USA Civil War. Opened up a totally unknown chapter to me to delve into and add to my knowledge. So many histories add only a few kernels of new knowledge whereas "The Last Escape" explains the who, why, and how of how it all went down. Good Germans and bad Germans, which routes for relocation and why. How history brought happy Army Air Corp pilots for congratulations. Then left them in tears as they found out they fired on pr ...more
Brian Leach
Apr 15, 2011 Brian Leach rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The story is not untold, just not heard as often as the stories of the American prisoners held by the Japanese during WWII. The Germans treated prisoners awfully, as illustrated by the true stories in this book.

The death marches were unbelievable. Some marched over 400 miles with very little clothing, no food, and the worst winter Germany saw in over 50 years. I found the resolve for these men to survive to be remarkable. The most incredible fact is that more POWs didn't die considering what the
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Jelios Ataliakrouso
Speculating world from the respective of WW2 survivors, whether their British,Russian, American, German, or even people who had been caught up in the war. The challenges and nerve that the men faced was exciting as it was nerve wrecking. One would feel the oppression. The freezing of nerves as the book takes you to force march hundreds of miles long. The stark chill of the coming winter, as the Ally prisoner of war begin the what soon will be call the death march.
The interactions between peer
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Kathy
Jan 25, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I inherited this book among many books about WW2 from my dad, a former POW of Lamsdorf.

I have done some reading around the accounts of POW's since Dad's death in 2010, and really wish that I'd known before his death as much as I now do. I suspect that that is often how it is though.

This book is a fascinating and well written compilation of some of the accounts of POW's who were forced out of the relative safety of their prison camps as the war was reaching it's conclusion and Germany was falling
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Trawets
Oct 27, 2013 Trawets rated it really liked it
John Nichol and Tony Rennell tell us the little known story of the Allied prisoners of war in Germany in 1944-5.
Though their treatment was not as bad as that suffered by the prisoners of the Japanese, those unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of the Germans were treated in a brutal manner, poorly fed, denied adequate medical care and liable to be killed on the whim of their captors. The suffering of the pows however got a lot worse from the end of 1944 until their liberation in 1945, those
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Stephanie
Jul 07, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Seems Hitler forgot the war was over; he didn't want to let his prisoners go. Despite bone-chilling weather, fatigue, starvation. inadequate clothing, and a myriad of diseases allied prisoners of was were marched and transported in cattle cars from camp to camp and treated horribly. The fact so many survived is a testament to the love of home and family. I will admit this was a hard book to read but well worth it.
Mary
Feb 04, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget "Hogan's Heroes," forget "The Great Escape": the real story of what Allied POWs endured has seldom been heard until now. The Last Escape is a fascinating and chilling read which tells of the forced marches and terrible conditions suffered by Allied prisoners in the last days of the war.

The authors, one of whom is a former POW of the Iraq War, display remarkable sensitivity in the handling of the former prisoners' stories and present them in a compellingly readable way. Maps and appendices
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Melanie
Mar 27, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
This is a well written account of the experiences of World War II POWs in Europe. It manages to weave official publications, reports and first hand accounts into a very readable narrative. My only complaint would be that the author's personal thoughts and opinions were often reflected in the writing and I feel they should have remained objective.
Tomi
Apr 21, 2015 Tomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book about the POW situation in Europe in WWII. Interviews with survivors, diaries, and official documents were used to produce this. The way POWs were treated is disgusting - especially considering the way POWs in America were treated. When will we learn that someone willing to go to war will also be willing to violate all the "rules" created by international agreements?
Fredrick Danysh
Jan 13, 2016 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: history, world-war-ii
After the D-Day invasion Germany moved Allied POWS deeper into Germany on foot in the dead of winter. Hundreds dies on the march and all were afraid of either being killed by the Germans or captured by the Russians.
Notalice
Nov 09, 2015 Notalice is currently reading it
Shelves: history, world-war-2
My dad was a POW during WWII and was on one of the forced marches described in this book. It filled in some of the gaps for me about what he endured.
Gaye Larsen
Apr 15, 2009 Gaye Larsen rated it really liked it
for my research on my dad's POW experience. Gripping account. I had no idea the hardships these brave men endured.
Terry
Apr 29, 2008 Terry rated it it was ok
Uhm not to sure. One day I am enjoying it and the next I'm not. Good information but a bit repetitive.
Sami
Oct 06, 2012 Sami rated it really liked it
Almost anything WWII is facinating, important, and interesting to read.
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