Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle

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Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle

Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle

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Set aside a few hours for this book, since once you start reading, you will not stop until the last page. In 1046, Henry III of the Holy Roman Empire gave the burghers of Colditz permission to build the first documented settlement at the site.

The astonishing inside story, revealed for the first time in this new book by bestselling historian Ben Macintyre, is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of snobbery, class conflict, homosexuality, bullying, espionage, boredom, insanity and farce. For nearly 100 years, from 1829 to 1924, Colditz was a sanatorium, generally reserved for the wealthy and the nobility of Germany. Biography: Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Colditz, Agent Sonya, SAS: Rogue Heroes, The Spy and the Traitor, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends.During the 19th century, the church space was rebuilt in the neo-classic architectural style, but its condition was allowed to deteriorate. The radio-controlled replica made it safely across the river and landed in a meadow 180 metres below. During 1999, a full-sized replica of the glider was commissioned by Channel 4 Television in the UK and was built by Southdown Aviation Ltd. When we read spy novels and memoirs or watch James Bond films we often find the tales of incredible escapes, intricate devices, and raw courage almost unbelievable.

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. Its population represented a society in miniature, full of heroes and traitors, class conflicts and secret alliances, and the full range of human joy and despair.

Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. The story of the lived experience of prisoners and guards is powerful stuff, but it needs to be told well to make that power tangible and moving for the reader. Ben Macintyre is well known for his books on spies and espionage, like Agent Zigzag, Double Cross, and Philby.

Continuing the war by other means and the displays of ingenuity accompanying it were not limited to escaping.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 Nazi captors. Many would escape but would be captured only to be march across the bridge and through the gates and back into Colditz, but the stories of those who escaped and made it back home are the stuff of legend. The inside story is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of class conflict, homosexuality, espionage, insanity and farce. As you read, you'll be overawed by the determination and character displayed by men like Airey Neave, Douglas Bader, Birendranath Mazumbar, Florimond Duke, and Michael Sinclair, among many others. His books are frequently made into films and television series, including Operation Mincemeat and SAS: Rogue Heroes in 2022.

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