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In the Spring of 1944, Ned Handy's B-24 bomber was shot down on a mission into Germany. Handy and his fellow survivors were sent to Stalag 17, a crowded, disease-ridden POW camp that held thousands of Allied soldiers and operated by its own cruel rules.

From the beginning, Handy set out to escape, relentlessly digging a tunnel underneath a barracks. As he dug, Handy forged
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2004)
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Janet Librarian
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Another book of survival, this time in a POW camp (Stalag 17) during WWII. What I appreciate is the author's reflection on seemingly unrelated memories as he experiences bailing out over enemy territory and his capture and internment that show his struggle to integrate chaos into his known experiences. It's also interesting how much this story correlates with the characters in the movie of Stalag 17. Handy chose to analyze himself and the way fellow captives responded to imprisonment rather than ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII buffs and readers of biographies
Recommended to Ellen by: Obituary
Imagine my surprise when earlier this year, I read the obituary for an old summertime friend of my mother's to discover this gentle Cape Cod sailing family man was also a WWII German POW survivor. I doubt my mother ever knew about this as I'm sure the subject never came up at the cocktail parties she went to on the Cape. Given also the author himself didn't reach out to his military past until about eight years ago, it also seems unlikely. Like many men his generation, he finally opened up about ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For WWII history buffs, this is a must read. A non-fiction account of an US airman shot down over Germany and his experiences as a German POW. Written is the style of that generation, the book does a terrific job describing conditions within Stalag 17, their attempts to escape, the hierarchy among the prisoners, interaction with their guards and perhaps most importantly, their will to survive.
Didn't finish because there was too much offensive language ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The hit movie _Stalag 17_ fictionalized the experiences of American enlisted airmen incarcerated in a German POW camp in Austria. Ned Handy was actually there, and his account surprisingly confirms the factual roots of many of the film's events. Handy is at his best in describing the moral and character lessons he learned as the impromptu leader of a tunneling team, while learning to function as part of his barracks crew, and on the long march to the West where he went from prisoner to captor, o ...more
David Hill
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-wwii
Ned Handy tells the story of being shot down over Germany and his time in Stalag 17. Reads like a novel, complete with dialog. No index, notes, or bibliography. I enjoyed this story of overcoming adversity. I have a generally poor memory and am always amazed when folks can recount tales of decades ago with such clarity. I don't doubt anything he relates, but couldn't help but notice he got one thing wrong - he says they got news of the Remagen Rhine crossing in autumn of 1944 but this didn't hap ...more
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Adult book / mature young adult: I read this mornings during silent reading at school ... not one I would have chosen to pick up on my own, but I'm glad I read it - I learned a lot while reading... ...more
Vicky Titcomb
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing memoir of the real story of Stalag 17 told by the man who dug the tunnel. Insightful, thoughtful and real, this is an extraordinary story of survival.
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a true story about American WWII prisoners in Stalag 17 a large Nazi prison camp.
Rick C
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Story of life in real Stalag 17
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Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great read.
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