Monday, July 7, 2014
"The Great Escape: A Canadian Story"
Why a Canadian story? Because many of the key players in the escape from North Compound Stalag Luft III were men from all across Canada who had been drawn to the RCAF or RAF during the Second World War. Shot down over Germany, they were determined to cause as much distraction as possible to their captors, thus helping the war effort. They were heroic and determined, the result of their efforts laudable but bloody and brutal. Barris did an excellent job of telling the story, including much meticulous research and followup with the survivors. Excellent photos are a highlight.
I highly recommend the book, having found it an educational--not to mention emotional--read. It is available through Amazon, and you can read more about Ted Barris on his website.