The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse Best Read || [EricWilliams] - The Wooden Horse, The Wooden Horse Based on true events in which the author calling himself Peter was involved this is the story of a successful escape from Stalag Luft III in German occupied Poland by British prisoners of war dur The Wooden Horse Best Read || [EricWilliams] - The Wooden Horse, The Wooden Horse Based on true events in which the author calling himself Peter was involved this is the story of a successful escape from Stalag Luft III in German occupied Poland by British prisoners of war dur

  • Title: The Wooden Horse
  • Author: EricWilliams
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse Best Read || [EricWilliams], The Wooden Horse, EricWilliams, The Wooden Horse Based on true events in which the author calling himself Peter was involved this is the story of a successful escape from Stalag Luft III in German occupied Poland by British prisoners of war during WWII The title is well chose for it was by means of a wooden vaulting horse that Eric Williams and his two companions made their way out of the captivity of a German prisBased on The Wooden Horse Best Read || [EricWilliams] - The Wooden Horse, The Wooden Horse Based on true events in which the author calling himself Peter was involved this is the story of a successful escape from Stalag Luft III in German occupied Poland by British prisoners of war dur

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The Wooden Horse

About “EricWilliams

  • EricWilliams

    Eric Williams, MC was a former Second World War RAF pilot and 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.



858 thoughts on “The Wooden Horse

  • Wooden Horse is a fictionalized narration of the true events behind one of the most ingenious and daring escape made by POWs from a German prison camp during World War II Written by RAF Flight Lieutenant Eric Williams , who was one of the escapees this book is an absorbing narration of how perseverance, bravery and ingenuity helped the prisoners to break from a POW prison camp which was specially designed to be escape resistant Eric Williams was shot down over Germany in 1942 and was initially i [...]


  • My first escape story from a POW camp I loved it The ingenuity of it all Speaking with second world war veterans, they tell of amazing things the prisoners got up to and how they all felt it was their duty to try and escape.


  • I read a 1959 mass market paperback edition from Berkley Books In the introduction, it says that it s a special edition for teens.This is a fictionalized account of an escape from a prisoner of war camp run by the Germans, written by one of the escapees The camp is surrounded by barbed wire, and buildings inside the compound are placed on piles so that guards can see under the buildings It s hardly a prime location for POWs to build a tunnel, but build a tunnel they do The ingenuity of the priso [...]


  • There are two significantly different versions of this book Eric Williams original 1949 edition was written while military censorship was still in force, and is a simpler story, built around simpler characters.In the 1979 edition, Williams sets the records straight on particularly one event that was invented to make a better ending for the 1949 book The rest of the book is significantly revised and expanded, also, and the PoWs language becomes less comic book and one assumes true to life.Read t [...]


  • Amazing story of life in a stalag and escaping from it Hogan s Heros isn t quite as far fetched as we might think Men can be amazing in their kindness to each other under adversity I am so glad that I decided to read this.


  • One of the great escape books of all time about RAF flyers imprisoned in an infamous German POW camp during World War II.


  • A daring tale of escape from the eyes of a British soldier in a German POW camp Told with a flowing style, underlying humor, and quick dialogue Good Book



  • A fascinating read on prisoner of war life and the strong need to escape after all, that is the prisoners duty to escape And knowing that this is a true story made it all the interesting to me I love reading the survival stories of World War II I read from a 1950 printing in which Eric Williams wrote he could now freely write of the Escape and had used a little of the material he had originally written in his 1943 book Goon in the Block.


  • This is a true story about escape from a German Prisoner of War Camp by three British soldiers during WWII It involves the use of a Wooden Horse but quite different from the famous horse used by the Greeks at Troy It is a good story highlighting the ingenuity of the English prisoners at the camp and the daring successful escape from the camp and return to Great Britain.


  • This book was like a rollercoaster ride Sometimes the action zipped along quickly and others it slowly ascended towards the climax Written about an escape from a World War Two German camp, detailing how three British officers hid the entrance to their tunnel under a wooden vaulting horse I enjoyed this book even in the slow parts and wood recommend it to anyone who enjoys war stories.


  • Not really my style of book I picked it up because it s one of my dad s favourites , but an amazing story I guess it really is acquired taste though Williams obsesses over the smallest details and therefore the main part of the story feels very slow at times, whereas the ending to me was very sudden and abrupt.


  • Very good 2 cassette audio book that I read in February 2007 even though this book was published in 1984 This is a true 2 hour story about how two English pilots were shot down, captured, imprisoned at Stalag Luft III on December 17, 1942, and how they escaped to freedom using a very clever deception, and a lot of determination.


  • An interesting and amazing story especially knowing that it is a true story It is the story telling and not the story that is the reason for three and not four stars, but being written as a novel instead of a non fiction story it somehow fails to really capture me.


  • The rest is overA never ending source of fear and danger from the German Army spurs two American Officers to circumvent the prison camp rules and regulations to work endlessly on escape I really liked this book.


  • Read ages ago and need to re read During the digging of the tunnels in Stalag Luft III the Great Escape , some prisoners came up with an ingenious invention to fool the Germans and shorten a tunnel by hundreds of yards Amazing story and written extremely well


  • An old friend revisited Great read I first read this in the mid 1960 s, and enjoyed it hugely When I saw it, I knew that a re read was in order The understated British manner is captivating Mr Williams was a true cousin to our own greatest generation.


  • I was engrossed from the first chapter I could not imagine being in the position of being a POW These men not only escaped but made it home I felt for them at every moment of their journey and felt immense joy that all three escapees made it home.


  • DutyHonor CountryCourageFriendshipDedicationPerseveranceI could go on This book encompasses all of the above and A great tale , well told by the author This story grips your attention while reading and it won t let go.Excellent.


  • A Journey back to my youth.I first read this book as a teenager in the early 1950 s I later saw the movie Both experiences were first class Thank you Bookbub for finding and releasing the book electronically so that I could relive the prisoners experience once .


  • Novelization of a true WWII escape story Three British prisoners use a vault horse with a false bottom to dig a tunnel under the wire It was a clever plan that worked and two of the prisoners were able to escape all the way back to England.


  • UnremarkableThe escape processes was pretty interesting Once they got out there really was not much suspense during their flight out of Germany to home It wasn t totally boring, but it was not compelling either.


  • I really enjoyed this book I have wanted to read it for a long time and eventually I got round to doing just that I like reading books based around the second world war and it helps when you know it really happened.


  • CaptivatingI would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading about the resilience of people in any circumstance I was absorbed in this book from the first page to the last I was a teen during Vietnam and there are still so many of our guys unaccounted for



  • The best account of a POW escape attempt I have read this book over and over Also recommend The Tunnel, about a previous escape attempt.




  • You want to read another escape story from the time of the Great Escape This one is easy to read, fascinating and filled with great history every high school student should know



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