The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

By: Neal Bascomb

Germany's Holzminden was a land-locked Alcatraz of sorts, home to the most troublesome Allied prisoners. When a band of pilots pulled off an ingenious plan and escaped in 1918, they inspired their countrymen during World War I’s darkest hours. List of people mentioned in the book. "The Holzminden Escape List: July 23–24, 1918." Bibliography. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs, maps, and reproductions.

ISBN: 9781338140347

JLG Release: Dec 2018

Sensitive Areas: Harsh realities of war
Topics: World War I (1914–1918) , German prisoners and prisons , Holzminden prisoner-of-war camp, Germany , Prisoners of war , Prisoner-of-war escapes , Great Britain , Military history , European history

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First Release

December 2018



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Trim Size

8 1/3" x 5 1/2"

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Accelerated Reader

Level 7.8; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.6; Points: 13;


Level 1070L


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Hardcover edition


Arthur A. Levine Books

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Harsh realities of war


World War I (1914–1918), German prisoners and prisons, Holzminden prisoner-of-war camp, Germany, Prisoners of war, Prisoner-of-war escapes, Great Britain, Military history, European history,

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