The Wooden Horse

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Eric Williams wrote this book as a novel, re-naming the main characters: he is Peter Howard; Michael Codner is John Clinton; and Oliver Philpot is Philip Rowe.

Philpot also wrote about this escape in his own book, *The Stolen Journey*.

> 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 and, 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) and hiding the large quantities of sand he dug; the escape; and the journey on foot and by train to the port of Stettin, 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 and has remained one ever since.

Book description courtesy of Amazon.


In the bunk below, Peter did not open his eyes. A few scraps of wood shavings fell from the mattress above and settled on his face. He brushed them away and pulled the thin grey blanket tightly around...


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