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Escape from Colditz, 75th Anniversary Edition – The definitive edition of an iconic game.
By Pat Reid & Brian Degas, Illustrated by Peter Dennis


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Colditz Castle – World War II.
An impregnable fortress. An inescapable prison. Until now…


Designed by Major Pat Reid, one of only a handful of prisoners-of-war to escape Colditz
Castle, and screenwriter Brian Degas, Escape From Colditz is the iconic game of
careful planning and nerves of steel.


Become Allied escape officers – assemble your equipment, plot your escape routes,
and coordinate your efforts to avoid the guards. Become the German security officer –
maintain control through guile, ruthlessness, and careful observation despite limited

This deluxe edition of the classic game for 2 to 6 players includes both original and
updated rules, new hand-painted artwork, an oversized board, 56 wooden playing
pieces, 100 fully illustrated cards, a 32-page history book, and unique replicas of
artefacts from the prison.

Seventy-five years ago, Major Reid braved barbed wire, searchlights, and armed guards
to Escape from Colditz. Now it’s your turn to do the same.

Highlights include:

  • A brand new edition of one of the best known British board games ever
    created. Released to celebrate the 75th anniversary of game designer and
    P.O.W. Major Pat Reid’s actual escape from Colditz Castle during WWII.
  • The only English language edition to be produced since the early eighties.
  • Full worldwide rights, in all languages other than Spanish.
  • New art from Peter Dennis, including a hand drawn map of the prison and
    detailed escape equipment, replicas of articles associated with the prison
    and a beautiful prestige-quality board, cards and playing pieces.
  • Replica POW aid box to match the original edition, with added replica period
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    Author Biography

    Major Pat Reid, OBE, was a British Army officer and prisoner of war during World War II.
    Held in the infamous Colditz Castle, a Nazi prison designated for troublesome enemy combatants, he is one of the few prisoners who managed to escape. He is also the author of two books about his experience in Colditz, The Colditz Story and Latter Days at Colditz, which form the basis for the prison’s lasting appeal in popular culture.
    Brian Degas is a script writer and producer, best known for his work on Barbarella, Danger: Diabolik, and the BBC’s iconic Colditz series. A close friend of Pat Reid, they worked closely together to recreate the tension and daring of Major Reid’s escape, making Escape from Colditz a household name.
    Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and
    he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to
    hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A
    keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.