Books: Vault to Freedom

THE WOODEN HORSE (255 pp.)—Eric Williams—Harper ($2.75).

Stalag-Luft III, a prisoner-of-war camp for Allied airmen in Silesia, was a good deal like all the others in 1943. The prisoners spent most of their waking hours planning escapes and digging tunnels; with the help of detection devices the camp guards found the tunnels and headed off the escapes almost every time.* But one spring day Prisoner John Clinton watched a sheet of newspaper hop the camp fence in a gust of wind and got an idea for an escape plan that worked.

British Captain Clinton, an...

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