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review 2019-03-11 13:27
The True Story Of the Great Escape
The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944 - Professor Jonathan Vance

Title : The True Story Of The Great Escape
Author: Jonathan F. Vance
Pen& Sword
Genre: Nonfiction
Book synopsis
'It shows the variety and depth of the men sent into harms way during World War II, something emphacized by the population of Stalag Luft III. Most of the Allied POWs were flyers, with all the technical, tactical and planning skills that profession requires. Such men are independent thinkers, craving open air and wide-open spaces, which meant than an obsession with escape was almost inevitable'_ - John D Gresham

Between dusk and dawn on the night of March 24th-25th 1944, a small army of Allied soldiers crawled through tunnels in Germany in a covert operation the likes of which the Third Reich had never seen before.

The prison break from Stalag Luft III in eastern Germany was the largest of its kind in World War II. Seventy nine Allied soldiers and airmen made it outside the wire - but only three made it outside Nazi Germany. Fifty were executed by the Gestapo.

Jonathan Vance tells the incredible story that was made famous by the 1963 film, _The Great Escape._ The escape is a classic tale of prisoner and their wardens in a battle of wits and wills.The brilliantly conceived escape plan is overshadowed only by the colorful, daring (and sometimes very funny) crew who executed it - literally under the noses of German guards.

From their first days in Stalag Luft III and the forming of bonds key to such exploits, to the tunnel building, amazing escape and eventual capture, Vance's history is a vivid, compelling look at one of the greatest 'exfiltration' missions of all time.

My thoughts

Rating: 5 

Would I recommend it? Yes it's a story that needs to be told and read.

What an incredible story to read as well as an emotional one as well ,its a story that I had already knew a little bit about thanks to the movie The Great Escape but that's all I knew about it. As your reading it you get introduce to the soldiers and see what their lives was like before the War and doing the war and what they was like leading up to that day , many of them knowing that they might never see their loving ones again but still they wanted to try , and that's what brings the story to life is the back stories of the men , while I can understand some might not like it and not care for the information I did , because with out it , the story wouldn't have came to life , it's what helped me understand them more and understand what they where going through . It showed their strength , their courage and boldness to over come the difficulties and face the extreme dangers that was around them and that they faced wither it was from the prison camp, the  German guards or the tunnels.And the  emotions I felt when I read about the murders of the 50 , made me feel mixed ones from been sad to been angry . With that said I want to say thanks Netgalley for letting me  read and review it ,exchange for my honest opinion.

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text 2019-03-01 10:59
My First Part Of March's TBR
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
Only Daughter - Sarah A. Denzil
Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport #29) - John Sandford
Dark Blossom - Neel Mullick
You're Not Safe - Mary Burton
The Summoning (Krewe of Hunters #27) - Heather Graham
The Secrets We Bury (The Undertaker's Daughter #1) - Debra Webb
The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944 - Professor Jonathan Vance
The Violent Abuse of Women in 17th and 18th Century Britain - Geoffrey Pimm
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review 2018-08-25 22:36
The Professor, Charlotte Bronte
The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

The Professor
In one sense, this is exactly what you would expect from the author of Jane Eyre - a romance in which the characters have no particularly good looks and prize mutual respect, intelligence, education and moral rectitude (according to Charlotte's views on the latter). In every other respect it's rather surprising: it's short; the hero's a bit unpleasant (his faith in national stereotypes is rather obnoxious); there's nothing GofficK or sensationalist to the plot; "happily ever after" is actually described! Nevertheless it could have been shorter, still - way too much time is spent dissing the French and Flemish school-girls to very little purpose except to show our hero as Master in his own class room - and the romance, once a misdirection is passed, is entirely predictable. The real fun comes every time Hunsden intervenes. Sarcastic, sardonic, abusive, interfering, mysterious, possibly revolutionary Hunsden. Charlotte should have written a book about him! Imagine a political thriller by a Bronte! And since there is much here supporting the concept of meritocracy and challenging conventional stratified class roles and social immobility, why not? There are hints here of what Hardy would take up later in the century.


Oh, well - plainly it wasn't to be. I have Shirley and Villette (which apparently reworks much of what is in The Professor) still to go and like Jane Eyre, they are somewhat daunting bricks. I'm actually now more interested in the juvinalia and somewhat curious about the poetry.


An interesting mystery comes to light just in time for Charlotte to give up writing novels...

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text 2018-08-25 17:29
Reading progress update: I've read 223 out of 260 pages.
The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

The Professor has finished Professing his life story but I'm gonna read the Appendix containing "Emma" before reviewing.

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text 2018-08-25 15:20
Reading progress update: I've read 204 out of 260 pages.
The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

Hunsden meets our heroine and brings out the absolute best in her (and the book)!

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