• CLOSED
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  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle

'Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle' book cover
Bestselling author Ben Macintyre tells the astonishing true story of one of the Second World War’s most infamous prisoner-of-war camps.

Uncover the incredible inside story of Colditz, the notorious castle prison at the heart of Nazi Germany, famed as the site of daring escape plots.

Join Ben Macintyre as he presents the undisclosed story of life inside Colditz, where prisoners lived in close proximity to their captors, participating in a thrilling game of cat and mouse. A remarkable cast of characters from many countries, hitherto hidden from history, will be brought to life in this tale of the indomitable human spirit.

Yet, as Macintyre will reveal, the story of Colditz is also one of snobbery, class conflict, homosexuality, bullying, espionage, boredom, insanity and farce. Astonishingly imaginative in their desperate escape attempts, the soldier-prisoners of Colditz were courageous and resilient but also vulnerable and fearful.

Running order:

6.00pm – Doors open
6.30pm – Event begins
7.30pm – Event ends 
8.15pm – Doors close 

About Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including 'Agent Sonya', 'SAS: Rogue Heroes', 'The Spy and the Traitor', 'Agent Zigzag', 'Operation Mincemeat' and 'A Spy Among Friends'.

He is a columnist and Associate Editor at 'The Times', and has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

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