The The Great Épinal Escape

The The Great Épinal Escape: Indian Prisoners of War in German Hands

Military History, The Second World War
Hardback Published on: 16/05/2024
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On 11 May 1944, just four weeks before D-Day, sixty-seven American heavy bombers dropped 168 tons of bombs on the sunlit French town of Épinal on the Moselle river. Unbeknownst to the aircrew of the ‘Mighty Eighth’, this was the temporary home of over 3,000 Indian prisoners of war – and these bombs had just taken down the walls.

The escapees took food and clothes and set off for the border. If they could make it to Switzerland, neutral territory, they would be safe. But between them and their goal were thousands of Nazis, collaborators and over 100km of French countryside.

The Great Épinal Escape is the incredible story of the most successful escape of the Second World War. It is the story of how, during a period showcasing the worst of humanity – a period marked by brutality, bloodlust and fascism – ordinary people were able to demonstrate the best of humanity: resilience, support and a warm welcome. Ultimately, it is a story of hope.

  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781803995007
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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