Flight from Colditz

Flight from Colditz by ANTHONY HOSKINS


Colditz Castle was one of the most famous Prisoner of War camps of the Second World War. It was there that the Germans interred their most troublesome or important prisoners. Hundreds of ingenious escape attempts were made but the most ambitious of all was to build a glider and fly to freedom. Though the glider was built, the war ended before it could be used, and it was subsequently destroyed. Using the original plans and materials used by the prisoners, in March 2012 a replica of the glider was constructed in a bid to see if the escape attempt would have succeeded. The glider was then launched from the roof of the castle roof. Anthony Hoskins is the man who built, and helped launch, the glider. As well as examining the story behind the building of the original glider, he details the construction of the replica and the nail-biting excitement as the 'Colditz Cock' finally took to the skies. Packed with photos of the glider and its flight over Colditz, this is the inside story of the recreation of one of the most intriguing episodes of the Second World War. AUTHOR: Anthony started learning to glide in 1994 at the Oxford Gliding Club, RAF Weston-on-the- Green, and, alongside his flying training, soon began assisting the club's maintenance team looking after the training fleet. In 2009 he formed his own company, South East Aircraft Services, to serve the gliding industry, through maintenance, modifications and repairs. SELLING POINTS: ? A recreation of the most ambitious PoW escape attempt ever conceived. ? Filmed for a full-length TV documentary. ? The inside story from the man who built the replica glider. ? Lavishly illustrated throughout, including full-colour stills from the documentary ? A detailed investigation into the planning and building of the original glider under the noses of the German guards Over 100 illustrations

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