Great Escape Forger


The Work of Carl Holmstrom – POW #221. An Artist in Stalag Luft III

By: Susan Holmstrom Kohnowich
Illustrations by: Carl Holmstrom

Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781526767981
Published: 30th November 2020
RRP / Print Price: £25.00

Current purchase price:
£20.00

Great Escape Forger

Carl Holmstrom’s superb artwork depicts life as a ‘kriegie’ in a unique manner. But, more than that, he spent the major part of his captivity in Stalag Luft III Prisoner of War Camp, famous for ‘The Great Escape’. The audacity of the 76 escapees was only matched by the callousness of the Nazis who murdered 50 after recapture. As well as skilfully recording camp life, Carl forged invaluable official documents. He also sketched his fellow prisoners and encouraged others to take up drawing as hobby.

Remarkably he saved over 200 examples of his work by carrying them on the appallingly arduous 1945 winter march from Poland into Germany.

Post war, Carl Holmstrom said, “The drawings were made during imprisonment and represent a sincere effort to portray to the American people and especially to the relatives of the prisoners, intimate glimpses of Kriegie life.” His words proved to be prophetic.

An expansion of his earlier self-published Kriegie Life, this superb book honours Carl’s exceptional artistic gift. This book has strong claim to contain the finest collection of POW art to emerge from Nazi-occupied Europe.

 

 




Some books that may interest you

Keystone of 22 SAS
Keystone of 22 SAS
By: Alan Hoe

Red Army Armour in Combat
Red Army Armour in Combat
Edited & Introduced by: Bob Carruthers

Fighters in the Blood
Fighters in the Blood
By: Air Mshl ‘Black’ Robertson

The Blockade Busters
The Blockade Busters
By: Ralph Barker

Isle of Man in the Great War
Isle of Man in the Great War
By: Caroline Smith

Marshal Joffre
Marshal Joffre
By: Andre Bourachot

Glasgow at War 1939-45
Glasgow at War 1939-45
By: Craig Armstrong

Hitler's Invasion of East Anglia, 1940
Hitler's Invasion of East Anglia, 1940
By: Martin Bowman

The Battles of St Albans
The Battles of St Albans
By: Peter Burley, Michael Elliott, Harvey Watson



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.