The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

By Bascomb, Neal.

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ISBN
9781338140347
Publisher
Scholastic Focus


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2018  |  Middle To High School

Gr 8 Up—Bascomb presents the horrid conditions that prisoners of war at the notorious German prison camp Holzminden, run by the brutal Karl Niemeyer, experienced during World War I—and the band of men who were determined to break free. Their goal: to never get caught and do whatever it takes. They proved successful by digging a tunnel from...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2018

Bascomb follows his two previous WWII histories for young adults (The Nazi Hunters, rev. 9/13; Sabotage, rev. 7/16) with another gripping work of narrative nonfiction, this time focusing on a small group of WWI prisoners of war and their astounding efforts to tunnel out of Germany's Holzminden prison camp, a place "established to hold the most troublesome Allied officers in Germany." The 1918 breakout, "the greatest escape of the war," provided valuable lessons for subsequent training of WWII troops in "principles of evasion and escape." The book's first nine chapters introduce the ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on March 1, 2019

This gripping work of narrative nonfiction focuses on a small group of WWI prisoners of war and their astounding efforts in 1918 to tun...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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