The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

The Memoir of Jens M●ller

  • Subject: World War II
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    April 1, 2019
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    9.25 × 6.125 × 1 in
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    16 oz
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Jens Müller was one of only three men who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III (now in Zagan, Poland) in March 1944—the break that later became the basis for the famous film The Great Escape. Together with Per Bergsland, another Norwegian POW, he stowed away on a ship to Gothenburg, Sweden. The escapees sought out the British consulate and were flown from Stockholm to Scotland. From there, they were sent by train to London and shortly afterwards to 'Little Norway' in Canada.

Müller's book about his wartime experiences was first published in Norwegian in 1946, titled, Tre kom Tilbake (Three Came Back). This new edition is the first translation into English and will correct the impression—set by the film—that the men who escaped successfully were American and Australian. In a vivid, informative memoir he details what life in the camp was like, how the escapes were planned and executed, and tells the story of his personal breakout and success reaching RAF Leuchars in Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliant book to read…. I recommend this book. It’s a fantastic telling of the escape. It’s well worth having in your collection.” —The View From The Turret
The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III offers a fascinating look at the 1940s, recapturing the feel of both the war and postwar era.” —The Daily News
“This book should be very widely read. It is the story of a very modest but extraordinary man and it highlights the largely under-told story of how POWs of all allied nations were determined together to get back into the fight. It is a very readable and very human story told vividly. There are maps and drawings together with a photo-plate section. A must read book that should also be a source of great Norwegian pride.” —FIRE Reviews