Great Wartime Escapes and Rescues

by David W. Mills and Kayla L. Westra


Some of the most courageous and fascinating true war stories involve incredible escapes and rescues against overwhelming odds, many of which have been depicted in Hollywood movies.

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May 2019


Pages 237
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Conflict and Wars
  World History/Conflict

Students, military historians, and casual readers will all find this compelling collection useful in learning about escape strategies, hostage situations, and rescue operations during times of conflict.

Great Wartime Escapes and Rescues tells the captivating stories of dozens of escapes and rescues from conflicts dating from the 16th century to present, with extensive coverage of the world wars of the 20th century and the Vietnam War. In addition, escapes and rescues related to terrorist activities and regional conflicts are featured. Some stories of escapes and rescues included in this work have been written about extensively and portrayed in films, including The Great Escape and Captain Phillips' rescue by Navy SEALs. Other stories are less widely known but just as absorbing.

The book opens with a detailed introductory essay that illuminates the government policies and tactics various countries have used to rescue soldiers and civilians during wartime, as well as the diverse methods that prisoners of war have used to escape notorious camps and prisons. The entries, organized alphabetically, are augmented by engaging sidebars related to the escapes and rescues. The book also includes references to such sources as autobiographies, biographies, news accounts, and interviews with veterans.


  • Provides readers with a global collection of wartime rescues and escapes
  • Offers a broad review of rescues and escapes from multiple conflicts across history
  • Includes engaging sidebars that augment the entries
  • Provides readers with an extensive resource list for further reading
Author Info

David W. Mills, PhD, is assistant professor of military history at the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is author of Cold War in a Cold Land: Fighting Communism on the Northern Plains and Operation Snowbound: Life Behind the Blizzards of 1949.

Kayla L. Westra, EdD, is dean of institutional effectiveness and liberal arts at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota.

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