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  • Colditz

  • Prisoners of the Castle
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Ben MacIntyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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In a forbidding Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany, an unlikely band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their German captors. Or so the story of Colditz has gone, unchallenged for 70 years. But that tale contains only part of the truth.

The astonishing inside story, revealed for the first time by bestselling historian Ben Macintyre, is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of class conflict, homosexuality, espionage, insanity and farce. Through an astonishing range of material, Macintyre reveals a remarkable cast of characters, wider than previously seen and hitherto hidden from history, taking in prisoners and captors who were living cheek-by-jowl in a thrilling game of cat and mouse.

From the elitist members of the Colditz Bullingdon Club to America's oldest paratrooper and least successful secret agent, the soldier-prisoners of Colditz were courageous and resilient as well as vulnerable and fearful—and astonishingly imaginative in their desperate escape attempts. Deeply researched and full of incredible human stories, this is the definitive book on Colditz.

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Locked up and out

Brilliant but as child of the 50s and an ex Air cadet, my hero Douglas Bader was really shot down sadly

A Ben macintyre narration is always worth a listen.

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Another Great Story...

Really enjoyed another great book from Ben MacIntyre. Well researched and researchable material

narrated by the author is always a winner

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Excellent retelling of the Colditz story

A work of history that gets to the truth behind the Colditz myth propgated by Pat Reid and others, including many of the gritty realities.

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A must listen!

Another first class book by Ben McIntyre, well researched and read by the author. if you haven't read/listened to all his previous works, I highly recommend them to you.

Fascinating stuff!

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Breathtaking

I have read Pat Reids 2 books on Colditz and have the tv Series on DVD , but Ben has surprised me with even more stories i did not even know. Well written and the narrative was easy to follow. Thanks