Veteran POW on the Great Escape

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7962600.stm
BBC said:
Some surviving inmates of the German prisoner of war camp, immortalised by Hollywood as Stalag Luft 3, have returned to the site at Zagan in Poland to commemorate the anniversary of the escape attempt.

Frank Stone helped dig the 348-foot tunnel right under the noses of the German soldiers but he did not make it into the final escape party.

Of the 76 allied airmen who made their break for freedom using the tunnel, known as Harry, 50 were subsequently shot after being recaptured and only three men managed to get away completely.

Mr Stone, who spent the war as a prisoner in the camp, told Robert Hall what it had been like on the night of the 'Great Escape'.
Worth three minutes to watch. Some effort that was....
 

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EX_STAB said:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7962600.stm
BBC said:
Some surviving inmates of the German prisoner of war camp, immortalised by Hollywood as Stalag Luft 3, have returned to the site at Zagan in Poland to commemorate the anniversary of the escape attempt.

Frank Stone helped dig the 348-foot tunnel right under the noses of the German soldiers but he did not make it into the final escape party.

Of the 76 allied airmen who made their break for freedom using the tunnel, known as Harry, 50 were subsequently shot after being recaptured and only three men managed to get away completely.

Mr Stone, who spent the war as a prisoner in the camp, told Robert Hall what it had been like on the night of the 'Great Escape'.
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.
 
#3
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.
 

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