'Summer, 1918: twenty-nine officers crawled into a 16 inch high, 55 metre tunnel dug only with spoons. This was the culmination of 9 months gruelling toil in oxygen-starved darkness. Of the twenty-nine escapees, just ten would make their way back to Britain.

When captured Royal Flying Corps pilots Captain David Gray, Captain Caspar Kennard and 2nd Lieutenant Cecil Blain had arrived at Holzminden - or 'Hellminden' as its occupants called it - the Germans' highest-security prison complex had seemed impregnable. 'The Black Hole' was ruled by the iron fist of Camp Commandant Carl Niemayer, under whose brutal temper prisoners were known to be shot and beaten to death. Not least the breakout artists.

After five unsuccessful attempts from different camps in one year, the obsessive Captain Gray was personally determined to orchestrate the building of a tunnel directly under the feet of their one hundred armed guards. With an improvised oxygen piping system, stolen disguises and astonishing courage, this handful of the Kaiser's 2.3 million prisoners would succeed in making their way to neutral Holland and eventually back to Britain - for a private audience at Windsor Palace. The most unlikely escape of the Great War, their derring-do became military legend and the inspiration for the subsequent great escapes of the Second World War.'

This book was amazing.

I love a good book about Military History and this book is one of the best I have read in a very long time.

I have to admit I knew nothing about this escape before going into this book. I actually had to check if this was fiction or not. I was shocked to find out it really happened and even more shocked that I had never heard about it. After reading this book I can say this is a story that everyone should know about.

Neal Bascomb did a fantastic job with this book. It was easy to read, with amazing maps, diagrams and photographs. As I got further into this book I become more and more emotionally involve in this story which is a rare occurrence when reading Military History.

The men whose stories were being told in this amazing book showed what courage, determination and mateship is all about.

I am so grateful that I have read this book and now know about these amazing men. I look forward to doing some research and finding out more about them. If you havent yet read this book, do it now. These amazing men deserve to have their stories told.

The Escape Artists by Neal Bascomb is a story that should be read by all. An absolute must have book for anyone interested in Military History.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker