The Escape from Stalag Luft III | Squaducation

The Escape from Stalag Luft III

 

– 24th March 1944 –

 

Depicted in the film The Great Escape, the attempt by 200 men to free themselves from a German prison, for Air Officers, in the middle of a forest in Upper Silesia, has gone down in legend. This vast POW camp in Poland, then East Germany, 100miles south east of Berlin, was the scene one of the most daring and extraordinary feats of those in captivity in the Second World War.

 

The site had been selected by the Germans due to the difficult nature of tunnelling. The barracks were raised 60cm off the ground to allow guards to…

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