New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc. 1950. Stated First Edition. Hardcover. Maps, diagrams and 16 pp. of photographs. Introduction by George Harsh. Very good minus in edgeworn jacket, with chip (1.5” x 3/4”) missing from dust jacket spine. Now protected in mylar. Top corners lightly bumped, light rubbing to extremities, with some staining to top edge. Faintly musty. Story of the mass escape of British Commonwealth P.O.W.s (prisoners of war) from Stalag Luft III in Nazi Germany’s Sagan, in Lower Silesia (now Zagan, Poland) A tight, bright copy, lettering unfaded. Very Good Minus in Edgeworn Dustjacket. Item #73573
“…Some six hundred American and British air force officers worked for a year to prepare for the escape. Over four hundred passes and other documents were forged; hundreds of compasses were made, thousands of maps prepared, fake German or civilian clothes were tailored for over two hundred men; there was even a studio for fake passport photos. Three tunnels were sunk thirty feet deep to evade the German sound detectors…with rope-drawn trolleys running on wooden rails, underground workshops, air pumps for ventilation, even electric lights secretly tapped to the camp wires. The Great Escape was made famous by the 1963 John Sturges film starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Coburn and others.