This was a great read, every bit as lively and entertaining as the movie. No motorcycle chases, no stolen planes (the movie did get the plane idea from another escape made in this story but the plane never got off the ground) ... just told the way it happened.
The true story needs no embellishment. The book was written in 2004 and at that time there were only 7 men living who made their escape that night. It is interesting in the Prologue, that each gave a short version of their escape and each commented on looking back whether it was worth it or not, knowing that 50 of their friends were executed. Five said it was worth it, one said it was not, that the war was close to being over, and one did not even wish to think back to that time but concentrate on the present. The five that said it was worth it knew their job was to "harass, confuse and confound the enemy". That they did! My dad fought in World War II and his father in the First World War. I always wondered if I would have the courage and fortitude of that generation had should I have had to go to war. I am forever thankful that I never had to find out. Tim Carroll does a great job of telling the story the way it happened. It's a book worth reading.