Escape from Colditz board game
The Escape from Colditz board game is a vintage game based on the infamous German World War II prisoner of war camp.
The game itself was devised by the former British Army officer Pat Reid, who was one of the few men to successfully escape from Colditz during the Second World War. Reid fled to Switzerland, returning to England after the war, and in 1952 published his account of the prison and his escape in the book ‘Colditz: The Colditz Story’. This book was later used as the basis for the 1955 feature film ‘The Colditz Story’ in which Reid was played by the British actor John Mills.
The first version of the game was published in 1973 in Britain by the toy company Gibson Games, with the U.S version published the same year by Parker Brothers. The game has since been republished several times around Europe, and converted into a popular computer game.
The Parker Brothers Escape from Colditz board game
The game can be played by 2 – 6 players, one of which must play as the German guards. The other players can choose a nationality of British, American, French, Dutch or Polish, and play as captured soldiers attempting to escape.
Players must move around the board and acquire an escape kit containing food, a disguise, a compass and forged papers. They must also find other items such as wire cutters, keys and rope, along with the correct ‘opportunity’ cards which can allow them to find items and use tunnels.
The job of the player acting as the German guards is to manoeuvre them around the board and prevent the escape attempts of the other players. As in real life, the number of guard pieces always outnumbers the number of players, and is increased or decreased depending on how many play the game.
How much is an Escape from Colditz board game worth?
The original game can be highly sought after by collectors, as it remains popular today for its interesting tactical game play.
The value of the game depends entirely on its condition, but complete copies with all their components have sold on auction sites such as eBay for between $20 and $70.
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