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The Wooden Horse [1950, Signed by the Author]

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First published in February 1949, this the fifteenth impression published in October 1950, published by Collins.

Signed on the title page by the author, Eric Williams.

Eric Williams MC (1911–1983) was an English writer and former Second World War RAF pilot and prisoner of war who wrote several books dealing with his escapes from prisoner-of-war camps, most famously in his 1949 novel The Wooden Horse, made into a 1950 movie of the same name.

In this novelisation of the true events in The Wooden Horse, Stalag Luft III was designed to be a highly escape-resistant camp. Tunnelling in particular was made harder by the use of numerous environmental and technological solutions: the perimeter fence was placed some distance from the huts, necessitating longer tunnels; the soil in the chosen location changed colour markedly when dry, making disposal of freshly dug tunnel soil difficult; and the Germans employed seismographs to measure vibration caused by digging.
Williams and Codner came up with the idea of constructing a vaulting horse and using it to mask the opening of a tunnel entrance closer to the perimeter fence, while the other camp inmates vaulted continuously over the horse to mask the vibration of the tunnelling work. Sand was carried back inside the horse and dried in the attic of the camp canteen before being distributed in the compound.

Complete with unclipped dust jacket, the jacket is a bit marked, and darkened with some wear along its edges. The page edges are dusty with heavy foxing spots. The moderately yellowed pages are clean and the binding is sound.

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Signed by the Author
Author(s):
Eric Williamson
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
20.5cm x 14.5cm
Edition:
Fifteenth Impression, October 1950
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
Collins
Title:
The Wooden Horse

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About this item

First published in February 1949, this the fifteenth impression published in October 1950, published by Collins.

Signed on the title page by the author, Eric Williams.

Eric Williams MC (1911–1983) was an English writer and former Second World War RAF pilot and prisoner of war who wrote several books dealing with his escapes from prisoner-of-war camps, most famously in his 1949 novel The Wooden Horse, made into a 1950 movie of the same name.

In this novelisation of the true events in The Wooden Horse, Stalag Luft III was designed to be a highly escape-resistant camp. Tunnelling in particular was made harder by the use of numerous environmental and technological solutions: the perimeter fence was placed some distance from the huts, necessitating longer tunnels; the soil in the chosen location changed colour markedly when dry, making disposal of freshly dug tunnel soil difficult; and the Germans employed seismographs to measure vibration caused by digging.
Williams and Codner came up with the idea of constructing a vaulting horse and using it to mask the opening of a tunnel entrance closer to the perimeter fence, while the other camp inmates vaulted continuously over the horse to mask the vibration of the tunnelling work. Sand was carried back inside the horse and dried in the attic of the camp canteen before being distributed in the compound.

Complete with unclipped dust jacket, the jacket is a bit marked, and darkened with some wear along its edges. The page edges are dusty with heavy foxing spots. The moderately yellowed pages are clean and the binding is sound.

Added value:
Signed by the Author
Author(s):
Eric Williamson
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
20.5cm x 14.5cm
Edition:
Fifteenth Impression, October 1950
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
Collins
Title:
The Wooden Horse

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