By Simon Read
In March and April of 1944, Gestapo gunmen killed fifty POWs—a brutal act in defiance of foreign legislations and the Geneva Convention.
This is the real tale of the lads who hunted them down.
The mass breakout of seventy-six Allied airmen from the notorious Stalag Luft III turned one of many maximum stories of global warfare II, immortalized within the movie The nice Escape. yet the place Hollywood’s depiction fades to black, one other terrific tale begins . . .
Not lengthy after the break out, fifty of the recaptured airmen have been taken to desolate killing fields all through Germany and shot at the direct orders of Hitler. while the character of those killings got here to gentle, Churchill’s executive swore to pursue justice at any expense. A revolving staff of army police, led by way of squadron chief Francis P. McKenna, was once dispatched to Germany seventeen months after the killings to choose up a path gone cold.
Amid the chaos of postwar Germany, divided among American, British, French, and Russian occupiers, McKenna and his males introduced twenty-one Gestapo killers to justice in a hunt that spanned 3 years and took them into the darkest nation-states of Nazi fanaticism.
In Human Game, Simon learn tells this harrowing tale as by no means earlier than. starting inside of Stalag Luft III and the Nazi excessive Command, during the grueling three-year manhunt, and into the ultimate shut of the case greater than 20 years later, learn offers a clear-eyed and meticulously researched account of this often-overlooked saga of hard-won justice.
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Human Game: The True Story of the 'Great Escape' Murders and the Hunt for the Gestapo Gunmen by Simon Read