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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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Nathaniel
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
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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Kathy
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
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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Fredrick Danysh
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.
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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.
Birdie Larsen
for my research on my dad's POW experience. Gripping account. I had no idea the hardships these brave men endured.
Terry
Uhm not to sure. One day I am enjoying it and the next I'm not. Good information but a bit repetitive.
Sami
Almost anything WWII is facinating, important, and interesting to read.
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