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The German Great Escape

Peter Phillips
Publication Date: 
Sunday, March 16, 2008
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On 10 March 1945, 80 German POWs escaped from the Island Farm Camp in Bridgend, south Wales. This is the story of the camp. It held senior German military figures prior to the Nuremburg War Trials. Within months of their arrival the escape was made. All but one was recaptured in the subsequent manhunt, and a tense period for the authorities was complicated by a local man’s attempt to shift the blame for his wife’s murder on to an escapee.

Phillip’s narrative also explores the regime under which the POWs were kept, and their reception by the public in south Wales. Viewing the the war through the focus of Island Farm, he produces a fascinating story of human interest within the historical context.

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