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The War Behind the Wire: Voices of the Veterans (Paperback)

Second World War POW Experiences

WWII Prisoners Of War Military

By Patrick Wilson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 120 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526782311
Published: 30th September 2020

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Published to coincide with the major 2 part BBC1 series (Autumn 2000) of the same name, War Behind the Wire focuses on the capture, interrogation, the comradeship of camp life, escape planning and forgery techniques, tunnelling, the thrill of life on the run, re-capture and punishment, the joy of liberation. All these experiences and more are vividly described by former POWs of the Second World War and their German camp guards, in War Behind the Wire.

Through gripping first-hand accounts enhanced with numerous illustrations, we learn the true story of the ill-fated Great Escape, which ended in the barbaric murder of 50 gallant men of many nationalities. Former inmates tell what life in Colditz Castle was really like.

War Behind the Wire is an inspiring book of memories and experiences of those who never gave up hope. These will be as unforgettable for the reader as they were for those who found themselves in captivity.

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About Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson is a young professional historian with a fast-growing reputation. His first book Dunkirk - From Disaster to Deliverance (Leo Cooper) was an immediate success, and reprinted within 3 months. His second book So Far From Home goes on sale this Autumn. War Behind The Wire is his first TV tie-in.

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