Faber & Faber, 1946. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good Plus. Ley Kenyon (illustrator). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1946. First Edition. Black cloth, 341 pp, Illus Ley Kenyon
Backstrip is missing from book . Boards are marked but the binding is intact and internally the text and skecthes are clean. There is a small owner inscription on the ffep and some foxing to the endpapers. The book has been dedicated to this previous owner by one of the authors Conrad Norton making it extremely unusual. the other author is Paul Brickhill.
14 pencil drawings, some made in the escape tunnels; In the North Compound of Stalag Luft III, near Sagan, there was a secret association of escapers known as the 'X' Organization'--a team of young officers of the Royal and Dominion Air Forces who did fantastic things. On the night of the 24th of March 1944, seventy-siz of them broke out of a tunnel called 'Harry' that was 350 feet long and 30 feet deep--the longest prisoner of war tunnel ever dug. Most of them were caught and, you may remember, fifty were murdered by the Gestapo. This book was being written at that time, in barrack block 103, next to block 104 from which the tunnel 'Harry' was dug, and we give here also the first full account of that strange and dramtic affair. For farily obvious reasons we had to hide our manuscript for a year from the Germans; sometimes in a secret wall panel, sometimes down another tunnel called 'Dick' and sometimes by the simple expedient of putting it in the barrack block that the Germans had searched last, knowing that it would wait its turn before being searched again. Much of the story we did not dare to write. We had to remember it till we got back, but that was not so difficult because the incidents of those days are still vividly with us.".from the preface.