Guy WaltersThe Real Great Escape
12:30 - 13:30
Guy Walters, author and historian, talks about his new book, The Real Great Escape, based on recently released information about how Allied airmen escaped from Stalag Luft 111.
In early 1942, the Germans opened a top-security prisoner-of-war camp in occupied Poland for captured Allied airmen. Stalag Luft III contained some of the most inventive escapers ever known. Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, code-named 'Big X', masterminded an attempt to smuggle hundreds of POWs down a tunnel built right under the noses of their guards. Immortalised in the famous film, The Great Escape, the ingenuity and bravery of the men was rightly celebrated. Walter's new book draws on a newly-released cache of documents from Roger Bushell's family.
Guy Walters is the author and editor of nine books, which include four wartime thrillers. With James Owen, he co-edited The Voice of War, an anthology of Second World War memoirs. Guy has been an author since he left the Times, where he was a feature writer and a commissioning editor.