Escape From Hitler's Reich
Amazing Stories of PoW Escapes by Allied Airmen in WW2
Imprint: Air World
248 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 16 mono images in a central plate section
- February 2024
For those not killed outright by the onslaught, only baling out – almost inevitably over hostile enemy territory – could offer a hope of survival. For those faced with such sudden leaps into the dangerous unknown over Germany and Occupied Europe, a few were able to evade capture. For the rest, and particularly the injured, capture was immediate and imprisonment inevitable. Once incarcerated in one of Hitler’s infamous prisoner of war camps, escape became a constant preoccupation for many. The ultimate aim of these men was to complete a ‘Home Run’ – to escape the Third Reich and reach the safety of Britain or other safe Allied territory.
In this revealing narrative, the renowned aviation historian Martin Bowman draws on many first-hand accounts, some never told before, to describe the furious air battles that led to the capture of many shot-down airmen, as well as the subsequent personal campaigns they fought to regain their freedom.
Fascinating for its gripping and factual re-creation of the bomber-fighter/flak encounters, the confrontations in captivity between PoWs and Stalag guards, Escape from Hitler’s Reich provides a real insight into the war as those who ‘fell from formation’ saw it.