The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III (Hardback)
The Memoir of Jens Müller
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'The Great Escape was far more than a Hollywood film; it was an aggressive campaign waged by Allied prisoners against the Nazi security forces in their own back yard - and Jens Müller was a key player. His memoir is a must read for anyone interested in this gripping episode of the Second World War.' Simon Pearson, author of The Great Escaper: The Life and Death of Roger Bushell
Jens Müller was one of only three men who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in March 1944 - the break that later became the basis for the famous film The Great Escape.
Müller was no. 43 of the 76 prisoners of war who managed to escape from the camp (now in Zagan Poland). Together with Per Bergsland he stowed away on a ship to Gothenburg. The escapees sought out the British consulate and were flown to Scotland. From there they were sent by train to London and shortly afterwards to 'Little Norway' in Canada.
Müller's book about his wartime experiences was first published in Norwegian in 1946, titled, 'Tre kom tilbake' (Three Came Back). This is the first translation into English and will correct the impression - set by the film and Charles Bronson - that the men who escaped successfully were American and Australian.
In a vivid, informative memoir he details what life in the camp was like, how the escapes were planned and executed and tells the story of his personal breakout and success reaching RAF Leuchars base in Scotland.
Film buffs will appreciate that this book makes clear how the actual escape differed from the famous movie. This first English language edition of Müller's memoir includes several very good comments by Norwegian historian Asgeir Ueland as well as a preface by Jens Müller's son Jon.Lars Gyllenhall, Blogger
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As featured inNorth Weald Airfield Museum Newsletter
With the 75th anniversary of the “Great Escape” having just been celebrated in the media, this book is the perfect accompaniment to the legend. See also Jonathan Vance’s The True Story of the Great Escape.Books Monthly
As featured byThe Armourer, May 2019
This is a brilliant firsthand rendering of the now epic tale of escape by prisoners of war from the infamous Stalag Luft III prison camp in Germany during WW2. Thoroughly enjoyed it!Amazon Customer
As featured byThe Armourer, April 2019
This book should be very widely read. It is the story of a very modest but extraordinary man and it highlights the largely under-told story of how POWs of all allied nations were determined work together to get back into the fight. It is a very readable and very human story told vividly. There are maps and drawings together with a photo-plate section.Firetrench
A must read book that should also be a source of great Norwegian pride.
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A fantastic book to read.The View From The Turret Vlog
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'It shows the variety and depth of the men sent into harms way during World War II, something emphasised by the population of Stalag Luft III. Most of the Allied POWs were flyers, with all the technical, tactical and planning skills that profession requires. Such men are independent thinkers, craving open air and wide-open spaces, which meant than an obsession with escape was almost inevitable' - John D Gresham Between dusk and dawn on the night of March 24th-25th 1944, a small army of Allied soldiers crawled through tunnels in Germany in a covert operation the likes of which the Third Reich had…By Professor Jonathan Vance
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