The Tunnel King

The Tunnel King

The True Story of Wally Floody and the Great Escape

Book - 2004
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THE GREAT ESCAPE was the most daring and meticulously planned prisoner-of-war breakout of the Second World War. Yet not many Canadians--least of all children--know the heroic story of Wally Floody, a Canadian airman imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, who was a key figure in digging a set of sophisticated tunnels. Now acclaimed children's writer Barbara Hehner has penned a gripping action- adventure that tells Floody's incredible story, and how he eventually became the consultant for the movie The Great Escape.
Packed with the kind of details kids love--like the fact that the prisoners built their own radios from empty cookie tins, or how the tunnels were shored up using 4,000 boards from the prisoners' beds--The Tunnel King also provides an informative and dramatic Canadian context to the Second World War. Written in a lively style infused with Hehner's obvious passion for her subject, this is a book that kids will devour.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperTrophy Canada, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780006394778
Branch Call Number: J 940.547243092 Flood-H
Characteristics: xiii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.


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May 19, 2011

Wally Floody, born in Chatham Ontario, is shot down over France on his second mission during World War II. He's taken to a prisoner of war camp in Germany where he helps to build the famous tunnels, Tom Dick and Harry, and becomes a part of HISTORY. The movie "The Great Escape" is about these famous tunnels under Stalag Luft III. An amazing story.

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