Castle of the Eagles

Castle of the Eagles

Escape From Mussolini's Colditz

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Baker & Taylor
Documents the story of two dozen British prisoners who used tunnels to break out of a highly fortified Italian castle-turned-prison during World War II, detailing the measures they employed to dig a tunnel, forge identity papers, craft civilian clothes and construct dummies to secure their daring escape. By the author of Zero Night.

McMillan Palgrave

Vincigliata Castle, a menacing medieval fortress set in the beautiful Tuscan hills, has become a very special prisoner of war camp on Benito Mussolini’s personal order. Within are some of the most senior officers of the Allied army, guarded by almost two hundred Italian soldiers and a vicious fascist commando who answers directly to “Il Duce” Mussolini himself. Their unbelievable escape, told by Mark Felton in Castle of the Eagles, is a little-known marvel of World War II.

By March 1943, the plan is ready: this extraordinary assemblage of middle-aged POWs has crafted civilian clothes, forged identity papers, gathered rations, and even constructed dummies to place in their beds, all in preparation for the moment they step into the tunnel they have been digging for six months.

How they got to this point and what happens after is a story that reads like fiction, supported by an eccentric cast of characters, but is nonetheless true to its core.



Baker
& Taylor

Documents the story of two dozen British prisoners who used tunnels to break out of a highly fortified Italian castle-turned-prison during World War II, detailing the measures they employed to secure their daring escape.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250095855
1250095859
Branch Call Number: 940.5472 FEL
Characteristics: xii, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

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