Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by EX_STAB, Mar 25, 2009.
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Worth three minutes to watch. Some effort that was....
I think it was probably 2004 (50th anniversary) somebody had the bright idea of digging the site to see if they could find the tunnels.
The site had been woodland on sand and everything was made of wood, so there was nothing by way of archaeology. They found a concrete stove base and from it they were able to narrow down where to dig. Needless to say, in the spirit of televisual drama, they started to run out of time. Then they found Harry at a frankly breathtaking depth. They were able to get a small fibre-optic camera into the tunnel but the sand meant that the whole thing simply kept collapsing.
That prisoners were able to dig the tunnel beggars belief.
I used to visit the site of the escapers' graveyard when working at the Embassy in the good old days...
It never failed to impress me how the local schoolkids used to take care of the memorial and headstones, even though the country was "Communist" at the time.
Unfortunately I see Frank Stone has died aged 91.
BBC News - Great Escape prisoner of war Frank Stone dies aged 91
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