Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape

Zero Night The Untold Story of World War Two s Greatest Escape On August Zero Night Allied officers staged the most audacious mass escape of World War II Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of may

  • Title: Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape
  • Author: Mark Felton
  • ISBN: 9781250073747
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On August 30, 1942 Zero Night 40 Allied officers staged the most audacious mass escape of World War II Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as the officers boldly stormed the huge double fences at Oflag Prison Employing wooden ladders and bridges previously disguised as bookshelves, the highly coordinaOn August 30, 1942 Zero Night 40 Allied officers staged the most audacious mass escape of World War II Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as the officers boldly stormed the huge double fences at Oflag Prison Employing wooden ladders and bridges previously disguised as bookshelves, the highly coordinated effort succeeded and set 36 men free into the German countryside Later known as the Warburg Wire Job , fellow prisoner and fighter ace Douglas Bader once described the attempt as the most brilliant escape conception of this war.The first author to tackle this remarkable story in detail, historian Mark Felton brilliantly evokes the suspense of the escape and the adventures of those escapees who managed to elude the Germans, as well as the courage of the civilians who risked their lives to help them in enemy territory Fantastically intimate and told with a novelist s eye for drama and detail, this rip roaring adventure is all the thrilling because it really happened.

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    325 thoughts on “Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape”

    1. A fast paced action story of the first ‘great escape’ where instead of tunnelling, the prisoners boldly went over the huge perimeter fences. I thought I knew quite a bit about World War 2 Pow escapes but “The Warburg Wire Job” was completely unknown to me and I resisted looking it up on until I had finished the book. Even though the escape was a very imaginative and well planned operation there are surprisingly very few accounts of it both online and in books.The author knits together i [...]


    2. In late 1941 several hundred allied prisoners of war, mostly British and Australian, were taken to Oflag V1-B POW camp in Warburg. Many had been prisoners since Dunkirk and included a hardcore of men who had attempted escape before, such as Major Tom Stallard, Major Albert Arkwright, Captain Doug Crawford, Captain Rex Baxter and Lieutenant Jock Hamilton-Ballie. There were many great characters amongst the prisoners, including a young Jewish officer who had taken the identity of a dead friend in [...]


    3. I have read many books about POW's escaping from prison camps during World War 2. Most of us are familiar with The Great Escape and Colditz due to the movies made about these events. This book documents an equally amazing escape and it amazes me that its story has never found it's way to film. Although it is worth noting that some of the events and characters in this story were incorporated into The Great Escape movie. This book documents the story of the first mass escape from a German POW camp [...]


    4. During World War II, the first mass escape of POWs from German control took place in August 1942 from Warburg. This is the story of of the 77 attempted escapes from Oflag VI-B in an over the wire mass effort and tracks the 32 escapees as they attempted to reach freedom. This is an interesting read of a little known event of the war.


    5. This is the tale of a little known escape attempt from a German Prisoner of War camp in the midst of the Second World War. A large scale attempt to get out was attempted after the prisoners realised their tunneling exploits were not getting them anywhere.The book has plenty of references and has been taken from conversations with relatives of those involved, but it's written more as a story, with dialogue and action sequences. There's the occasional moment where it gets descriptive rather than s [...]


    6. In August of 1943, more than 3 dozen officers performed one of the most challenging prison escapes of World War II. The officers from Great Britain and either faces death in a cell, or escape from the Germans, and have freedom. In order to make this escape perfect, it took months of planning and secret training so everyone would be prepared for anything that happens while the plan was in effect. The inmates thought that a plan like this needed a nickname. In order for the mission not to be compr [...]


    7. If there's one thing I love it's World War II escape narratives. Often penned by or involving the British, it involves a certain stiff-upper-lip, devil-may-care, adventurous spirit and (with a few notable exceptions) it's generally less horrifying than any narrative involving prisoners of any other nation. "The Big Zero" is an entertaining version. The largest problem is that the author seems to be taking a self-consciously cinematic approach, transcribing (and editing or recreating, per the aut [...]


    8. If you're a fan of WWII history, this is a must read. Felton does a beautiful job with the narrative, pulling you into the story as if you were there. This story also add a new layer of texture to the film "The Great Escape," as some of the players from that story had their origin in this escape, as well as the book Colditz: The Untold Story of World War II's Great Escapes, by Henry Chancellor. The book was also a pretty quick read, and worth every second of it. Highly recommend!


    9. For the first time in a long while, I managed to read a book in one go. I just really like war novels, and this one was exciting--I enjoyed reading about the escape attempts and HOW they attempted to escape. I need me more war novels.


    10. An outstanding story of real life courage, bravery and the will to escape. These British officers were pure geniuses in regards to how they crafted their escape from a German POW camp during WW2.


    11. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)Oflag VI-B, Warburg, Germany: On the night of 30 August 1942 – ‘Zero Night’ – 40 officers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa staged the most audacious mass escape of the Second World War. It was the first ‘Great Escape’ – but instead of tunnelling, the escapers boldly went over the huge perimeter fences using wooden scaling contraptions. This was the notorious ‘Warburg Wire J [...]


    12. In "Zero Night" author and historian Mark Felton tells the story of an escape from Oflag VI-B in August 1942. Unlike the great escape of Stalag Luft III nearly two years later, the forty allied officers who attempted this breakout chose to storm the double fence perimeter with ladders. They called their escape plan Operation Olympia, but it became known as the "Warburg Wire Job," named for the local town in Germany where the camp was located. The twelve-foot ladders were constructed out of bed s [...]


    13. I read this in one day because it was so exciting (and because I was sick and had more time on hand). I couldn't put it down. This story of escape from prison highlights the strength and tenacity of these prisoners. It's inspiring and humbling to read about how much they were willing to sacrifice for a friend, fellow soldier and how they wouldn't allow failure to slow them down. I recommend that you don't read the short description on the inside cover, as it tells you how many of the prisoners e [...]


    14. From the beginning until the end l loved this book. What a great testament to the brave men that fought in WWII. This story is about the men of Warburg Prison in 1941-1942 Germany. Through hard work, tenacity, and shear force of will they survived and persevered in an environment that was absolute hell. Devising a unique escape plan 32 POWS made it over the wire of their prison most were recaptured but 3 made it with help all the way home. This is their story written from transcripts, interviews [...]


    15. "The book contains a fair amount of dialog, which I always find suspect in a work relaying events occurring many years in the past. Overall Zero Night is engaging and entertaining, and anyone with an interest in WWII will find it worth their while. Felton's account is utterly absorbing and is sure to find a wide audience." - Kim Kovacs, BookBrowse. Full review at: bookbrowse/reviews/in


    16. 4.5Maybe it's my love of WWII stories, maybe it's because I love the movie, The Great Escape, or maybe it is because Andree Dr Jongh, characterized in The Nightingale, is in the book, but I really enjoyed the this book. Another view of the courage and determination of individuals during World War II.


    17. Steve McQueen was once my favorite actor and the movie The Great Escape quickly became one of my all-time favorites, the made-up parts of it notwithstanding. This book could be viewed as a "prequel" to this movie. Based on the whole truth and nothing but the truth, it's worth a read for its inspirational value alone.


    18. An excellent book of Allied officers who escaped from a German POW camp by using ladders. This is somewhat similar to the Great Escape in 1944. Out of the thirty-two men who escaped, three evaded the Nazis and returned to England. I have read and heard of the Great Escape in 1944, But never heard about this escape from Oflag VI-B in 1942.


    19. Another Great EscapeWell written. It reads like novel. Found myself comparing it to the great movie from the 1960s. The ingenuity of these men never ceases to amaze. Not to mention their extreme bravery. Rob McKinley


    20. nonfiction (history; WW2 POW escape). Well-told story and a quick read, though I would have liked to see a bit more detail (like the stooge activities as told in The Great Escape story, or like the detailed perspective given in Louis Zamperini's story).


    21. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. One of the better attempts of second wave WW2 literature (first wave being first hand accounts). I now am trying to figure out how to get my hands on one of the cited first hand accounts. Once again I am in awe of this generation of people.



    22. Very interesting, true account of "World War II's greatest escape." The POW's escape plan to get out of a German concentration camp was ingenious.




    23. This book was great! If you liked Boys in the Boat or Unbroken, you will like this book. The other two are a little better, but this is still a very good read and great study of the human condition.



    24. Liked description of camp organization geared toward escaping. Liked details of each teams experiences after escaping.



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