The Great Escape
This is a comment from one of my readers:
The Great Escape is of great interest to me. As you know my father was a prisoner who escaped from the camp where he was interned during WW II.
He rarely spoke of his time in the prison camp but he once told me one of the guards helped the prisoners with food etc. and asked for nothing.
That guard was caught and sent to the Russian front.
He never knew what happened to him after that. I cannot recall his name although my dad mentioned him several times.
Hopefully he survived.
Stalag Luft III, built to house imprisoned Allied airmen during World War II, was supposed to be inescapable. The camp was located deep in Nazi territory in what is now Żagań, Poland. The Germans had purposefully constructed the camp on a sandy area that would make tunneling practically impossible. If tunneling began the sand would have to be dispersed. The top soil in the prison was much darker and as a result the sand would stand out like a sore thumb if dispersed there. Sand also has a tendency to collapse on diggers, as the prisoners would later find out. Then there was the matter of how long a tunnel would have to be. The blocks (huts housing prisoners) were positioned far from the wire fence so that should tunneling even be slightly successful the prisoners would have a long way to dig. Microphones were buried in the dirt to…
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