In a Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany, an unlikely band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their German captors. Or so the story of Colditz has gone, unchallenged for 70 years.
The inside story is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of class conflict, homosexuality, espionage, insanity and farce. Ben Macintyre reveals a remarkable cast of characters, taking in prisoners and captors who were living cheek-by-jowl in a game of cat and mouse. From the elitist members of the Colditz Bullingdon Club to America’s oldest paratrooper and least successful secret agent, the soldier-prisoners were courageous and resilient as well as vulnerable and fearful – and astonishingly imaginative in their desperate escape attempts.