16 April 2019
Just like Stalag Luft III, which spawned the Great Escape, Stalag Luft I was originally designed as an RAF POW camp, run by the Luftwaffe.
Author: MARK HILLIER
Reviewed by: Duncan Evans
Just like Stalag Luft III, which spawned the Great Escape, Stalag Luft I was originally designed as an RAF POW camp, run by the Luftwaffe. However, from one original compound it expanded so that by the end of the war it actually housed more Americans than anyone else. This, then, is an official account, written in 1945, of the running of the camp, the people in it, the escape attempts, administration and conditions for the prisoners. It was never released until now. As such, the format is not like any of the others, it’s far more piecemeal and dry, but it also shows how well the prisoners ran their Stalag Luft III escapes in comparison.
• Frontline Books
• 242 pages • Hardback • £25
As reviewed in The Armourer April 2019.
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