The Great Escape

The Great Escape

A Canadian Story

Book - 2013
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Ted Barris offers a unique retelling of the WW II story through first-hand recollections of the Canadians who experienced it. Barris has assembled new research based on exclusive interviews, transcripts, as well as unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs, and photos.
Publisher: Toronto :, Thomas Allen Publishers,, [2013].
ISBN: 9781771022729
Characteristics: xv, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,24 cm.


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Nov 11, 2013

The author had a lively conversation with Michael Enright, the host of the CBC Radio program "The Sunday Edition" on Sunday, November 10, 2013. The interview may be heard by going to this program's web site and following the links to the podcast for this date. This is a factual, journalistic account of the persistent efforts of Commonwealth air force prisoners-of-war to escape in order to draw the enemy's combat resources away from front lines and with the hope of a successful return to one's homeland. Barris talked and corresponded with some of the service men to add and confirm details. He carries the story forward to the present to document the impact of POW life and escape work on the physical and mental health of the service men and the spillover effect on their families. A small bibliography is provided in the 'Acknowledgements' on page xiv. Barris' account is illustrated by about 25 black and white photographs; and a map and cross-section plan on the end papers. The text is supported by end notes and an index.

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