Tunnel Tales

J13 writing.

Yesterday Mum told J11, K10 and me that she would like to see a book review from each of us by the end of the week. So here is mine.

Book: Great Escapes Of World War II

Author: George Sullivan

Date read: Thursday 11 October 2007

What the book is about: This book is a small collection of stories about men who were captured in WWII and how their bravery helped others to escape from the prison camps. Only sometimes did their plans work and when they did work, the people who escaped usually got captured again. There is one story, which I particularly like; it is said to be one of the most amazing escapes of WWII and so it is now known as “The Great Escape” and it takes place in a German prison camp. More than 600 men got together and decided to tunnel their way to freedom, but they didn’t just dig one tunnel, they did three, and so as not to make the guards suspicious they named the tunnels Tom, Dick and Harry!!! Well when you dig a tunnel, you’re going to have to put the dirt somewhere, so they dug it into the gardens, but as they dug deeper the dirt turned into bright yellow sand. For a while the digging stopped, because there was nowhere to put the sand, but finally they found a solution: to scatter the sand around the crowds while watching a game of volley ball. Unfortunately that didn’t work as the guards saw the sand  and immediately went in search of a tunnel. So the tunnelers started putting sand down Tom…it was all going nicely and the tunnels were almost finished (the tunnels were positioned to come out into the woods surrounding the camp)….until….disaster….the guards were clearing back the forest and so the tunnelers had to keep digging further. At last Harry was finished and when measured it was 345 ft. long!! Now had come the long-awaited moment of ESCAPE…. Johnny Bull was the to be the first person to climb out of Harry, but when he did a nasty surprise awaited him…. the tunnel was 10 ft. short of the woods!!! But that didn’t stop the men, seventy-nine escaped before the guards realized what was happening. Bob McBride was the eightieth man out of the tunnel, but as he was half way out he was surrounded by guards and was recaptured. Of the 79 men who escaped only three made it to England and freedom.

Well J13. My little comment, that was actually retracted upon seeing dismal looks shadow the faces of the boys, spurred you on to a great wee piece. It sounds like you enjoyed the book as much as I did and remembered more than me! Now I wonder if you’ll review one of the new books – they were the ones I had in mind!!!! Never mind if you don’t want to – the boys have said they want to blog about them!!!!

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3 Responses to “Tunnel Tales”


  1. 1 jennynz October 12, 2007 at 6:56 am

    Thanks for the review J13 (and happy birthday btw!). I haven’t read about The Great Escape but I’ve seen the movie several times :o)

  2. 2 my3boysandi October 12, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I might just read this myself
    sounds good

    good work J13

    good book reviews are meant to make the reader want to read they book so well done

  3. 3 summer sailor October 13, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Great review J13
    Such a shame that most of the escaped prisoners didn’t make it back home after all that digging!!!


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