Author(s): Mark Felton
High in the Tuscan hills above Florence, an elaborate medieval castle, converted to a POW camp on Mussolini's personal orders, holds one of the most illustrious groups of prisoners in the history of warfare. The dozen or so British and Commonwealth senior officers includes three knights of the realm and two VCs. The youngest of them is 48, the oldest 63. One is missing a hand and an eye. Another suffers with a gammy hip. Against insuperable odds, these extraordinary middle-aged POWs plan a series of daring escape attempts, culminating in a complex tunnel deep beneath the castle. One rainswept night in March 1943, six men will burst from the earth beyond the castle's curtain wall and slip away. By assorted means, the three Brits, two New Zealanders and a half-Belgian aristocrat will attempt to make it to neutral Switzerland, over 200 miles away. Mark Felton, author of the acclaimed Zero Night, brings to exuberant life the little-known true story of one of World War Two's greatest escapes.
Mark Felton has written twenty books on World War Two, including Zero Night ('the story of the greatest escape of World War II has been told for the first time' - Daily Mail) and The Sea Devils ('A thrilling page-turner ... It will leave your fingernails significantly shorter' - History of War). His Japan's Gestapo was named 'Best Book of 2009' by The Japan Times. He also writes regularly for publications including Military History Monthly and World War II and has appeared in many major television and radio documentaries around the world. After a decade spent working in Shanghai, Mark now lives in Norwich. Visit www.markfelton.co.uk