By Mark Felton
High within the Tuscan hills above Florence, an tricky medieval fort, switched over to a POW camp on Mussolini’s own orders, holds essentially the most illustrious teams of prisoners within the heritage of warfare.
The dozen or so British and Commonwealth senior officials contains 3 knights of the world and VCs. The youngest of them is forty eight, the oldest sixty three. One is lacking a hand and an eye fixed. one other suffers with a gammy hip. opposed to insuperable odds, those striking middle-aged POWs plan a sequence of bold break out makes an attempt, culminating in a fancy tunnel deep underneath the castle.
One rainswept evening in March 1943, six males will burst from the earth past the castle’s curtain wall and slip away. via varied potential, the 3 Brits, New Zealanders and a half-Belgian aristocrat will try and make it to impartial Switzerland, over 2 hundred miles away.
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