By Simon Read
In March and April of 1944, Gestapo gunmen killed fifty POWs—a brutal act in defiance of overseas legislation and the Geneva Convention.
This is the real tale of the lads who hunted them down.
The mass breakout of seventy-six Allied airmen from the notorious Stalag Luft III grew to become one of many maximum stories of global battle II, immortalized within the movie The nice Escape. yet the place Hollywood’s depiction fades to black, one other really good tale begins . . .
Not lengthy after the break out, fifty of the recaptured airmen have been taken to desolate killing fields all through Germany and shot at the direct orders of Hitler. whilst the character of those killings got here to gentle, Churchill’s executive swore to pursue justice at any rate. A revolving staff of army police, led by means of squadron chief Francis P. McKenna, was once dispatched to Germany seventeen months after the killings to select up a path gone cold.
Amid the chaos of postwar Germany, divided among American, British, French, and Russian occupiers, McKenna and his males introduced twenty-one Gestapo killers to justice in a hunt that spanned 3 years and took them into the darkest geographical regions of Nazi fanaticism.
In Human Game, Simon learn tells this harrowing tale as by no means earlier than. starting inside of Stalag Luft III and the Nazi excessive Command, during the grueling three-year manhunt, and into the ultimate shut of the case greater than twenty years later, learn offers a clear-eyed and meticulously researched account of this often-overlooked saga of hard-won justice.