If you were brought up on tales of Derring-Do - like Stalag Luft III, The Wooden Horse, Pat Reid's Colditz books and even the Great Escape - this book will be a rude awakening. NOT to belittle to take away from the escape exploits detailed in those books - but they represent a tiny fraction of a percentage of the vast numbers of allied POW's in WWII and the way in which they were treated in the last days of the war. The Great Escape - rightly honors the 50 prisoners killed in retaliation for escaping. However, simply put this book attempts to detail the plight of the POW's as the war rolled towards them and the Germans forced them on starvation marches to stay ahead of - well that's the point - were they going to be hostages? Being evacuated? Being who knows what?? The book points out the German intentions were never clear - but that due to miscalculated numbers by the Germans and the Allies - thousands of POW's possibly never made it home - or were swallowed up and disappeared in Russia.
A worthwhile read.
As WW2 drew to a close, hundreds of thousands of British and American prisoners of war, held in camps in Nazi-occupied Europe, faced the prospect that they would never get home alive. In the depths of winter, their guards harried them on marches outof their camps and away from the armies advancing into the heart of Hitler's defeated Germany. Hundreds died from exhaustion, disease and starvation. THE LAST ESCAPE is told through the testimony of those heroic men, now in their seventies and eighties and telling their stories publicly for the first time.