Review: The Last Escape: The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45

The Last Escape: The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45
The Last Escape: The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45 by Tony Rennell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Forget “Hogan’s Heroes,” forget “The Great Escape”: the real story of what Allied POWs endured has seldom been heard until now. The Last Escape is a fascinating and chilling read which tells of the forced marches and terrible conditions suffered by Allied prisoners in the last days of the war.

The authors, one of whom is a former POW of the Iraq War, display remarkable sensitivity in the handling of the former prisoners’ stories and present them in a compellingly readable way. Maps and appendices help to put the events into context.

It’s heartbreaking to read some of these stories, and one can only imagine the strength of the men who have to live with the memories of these times. The Last Escape also serves as a sobering reminder that we have to do better by the brave few who are willing to fight this country’s wars.

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