The Wooden Horse

The Wooden HorseThe Wooden Horse
The Wooden Horse:  When bomber captain Eric Williams was shot down over Nazi Germany, he survived.
Only to end up in Stalag Luft III,  the notorious POW camp.  But he had an unlikely plan for escape.

Based on a true account,  this is “A splendid story in the finest tradition of adventure” (The New York Times).

Publisher Description

An epic adventure.  The most brilliant escape and evasion from the Nazis ever written.
Eric Williams,  a Royal Air Force bomber captain, was shot down over Germany in 1942 and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, the infamous German POW camp.

Digging an underground tunnel hidden beneath a wooden vaulting horse,  he managed to escape after ten months. Accompanied by a fellow officer, made his way back to England.

In this thinly fictionalized retelling,  Williams relates his story in three distinct phases:

The construction of a tunnel. Its entrance camouflaged by the wooden vaulting horse in the exercise yard.

Hiding the large quantities of sand he dug out.

The escape and the journey on foot and by train to the port of Stettin.
This is where Williams and his fellow escapee stowed away aboard a Danish ship, the Norensen.

From painstakingly digging the tunnel. To secretly depositing the dirt and gravel around the camp.
To dodging searchlights and search dogs and climbing barbed wire fences.  This is an escape story hard to beat.
For sheer heroism, courage, and perseverance, this classic is arguably the most ingenious POW escape of WWII.

The Wooden Horse became a legend among servicemen long before its publication in 1949.
It has remained one ever since.

About the Author – Eric Williams
Eric Williams was born in The United Kingdom July 13, 1911
He Died December 24, 1983
Genre Biography
Eric Williams, MC was a former Second World War RAF pilot.

He was a prisoner of war who wrote several books dealing with his escapes from prisoner-of-war camps.
At the end of the war, on the long sea voyage home, Williams wrote Goon In The Block, a short book based on his experiences.

Four years later, in 1949, he rewrote it as a much longer third-person narrative under the title The Wooden Horse.
He included many details omitted in his previous book, but changed his name to Peter Howard.

 The Wooden Horse

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