Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle


Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle

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The Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller on the incredible true story of WW2’s most infamous Nazi prison, and the colourful characters behind its walls

In a forbidding Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany, an unlikely band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their German captors. Or so the story of Colditz has gone, unchallenged for 70 years. But that tale contains only part of the truth.

The astonishing inside story, revealed for the first time in this instant bestseller by historian Ben Macintyre, is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of class conflict, homosexuality, espionage, insanity and farce. Through an astonishing range of material, Macintyre reveals a remarkable cast of characters, wider than previously seen and hitherto hidden from history, taking in prisoners and captors who were living cheek-by-jowl in a thrilling game of cat and mouse.

From the elitist members of the Colditz Bullingdon Club to America’s oldest paratrooper and least successful secret agent, the soldier-prisoners of Colditz were courageous and resilient as well as vulnerable and fearful — and astonishingly imaginative in their desperate escape attempts. Deeply researched and full of incredible human stories, this is the definitive book on Colditz.

Title: Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle
Author: MacIntyre, Ben
ISBN: 9780241986974
Publication date: 25/05/2023
Price: $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Additional information

Weight 500 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 mm