Author(s): Pat R. Reid
Colditz was the last step for prisoners of war in World War II. An impregnable fortress, it was to Colditz that the Germans sent all those prisoners who persisted in escaping from other camps. However, during the four-year period when the castle was used as a prison, over 300 men escaped, 31 of whom managed to complete the hazardous journey home through Germany. This volume describes how prisoners from ten different countries formed an international escape academy. Skeleton keys were made, German passes and uniforms forged, maps drafted, and all manner of tools and machinery constructed out of whatever the prisoners had to hand. Pat Reid was one of the first captives to be imprisoned at Colditz in World War II. This is the tale of how he escaped.