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The Big Break: The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told Hardcover – January 10, 2017

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"Gripping...unearths the incredible tale of the brave and ingenious 250 American POWs who threw off the clutches of the German army while on the march in 1945." ―The NY Daily News

"A detailed look at the escape attempts by intrepid British and American POWs from Nazi camps near the end of World War II...An exciting account from a passionate author who has done the necessary research." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Stephen Dando-Collins brilliantly illuminates the Shubin break of 1945, both the largest breakout by US prisoners-of-war in history and the biggest Allied escape of World War II. He skillfully traces the irrepressible desire for freedom that bound the more than 250 escapees from Oflag 64 as they hit home runs for their liberty, often with the help of the Polish resistance. With a cast of names that includes Hemingway, Eisenhower, and Patton, Dando-Collins’ gripping narrative ranks with the best literature on the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly unbeatable odds." ―Professor Philip Samponaro, Department of History, The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

"Stephen Dando-Collins’ The Big Break weaves an engrossing account of a mass escape by American POWs from Nazi incarceration at the end of WWII and recounts their journeys through enemy territory to reach the safety of American and allied lines. A well researched and enthralling story particularly for WWII buffs." ―David P Colley, author of Decision At Strasbourg

"Stephen Dando-Collins is a Cornelius Ryan, a Stephen Ambrose for a new generation, bringing alive the daring deeds of World War Two! The Big Breakis a wonderful book, letting us know that there are still great tales to be told from this era, and great authors to rise the challenge. For those of us who grew up with The Great Escape movie and book (and yes, maybe even the TV show Hogan’s Heroes), The Big Break is a masterful “Volume Two” to that story. For those who are new to this genre, The Big Break is an engrossing and enthralling introduction to the courage, ingenuity, and tenacity of our POWs in World War Two. Rejoice, history readers! There is a new literary giant in the land!" ―Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of On Combat and On Killing

“So well written, so comprehensive, and so personal to me - I have known some of these men and their families. Stephen Dando-Collins has done his homework.” ―Elodie Caldwell, daughter of escapee Reid F. Ellsworth

About the Author

Stephen Dando-Collins is an award-winning military historian with numerous highly praised books on ancient history ranging from Imperial Rome to the American west to Australia, some of which include Legions of Rome and Caesar's Legion. Today, Stephen’s books appear in many languages and he has an army of loyal readers wherever his books are published around the world, in countries including Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Poland, Albania and Korea.

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  • Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250087562
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250087560
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press; 1st Edition (January 10, 2017)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.39 x 0.99 x 9.58 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 14 ratings
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