Skip to comments.Fourth Stalag Luft III Tunnel Found
Posted on 01/09/2012 4:24:09 PM PST by Misterioso
It has lain hidden for nearly 70 years and looks, to the untrained eye, like a building site. But this insignificant tunnel opening in the soft sand of western Poland represents one of the greatest examples of British wartime heroism. And the sensational story became the Hollywood classic, The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen.
We are standing in the notorious PoW camp Stalag Luft III, built at the height of the Third Reich, 100 miles east of Berlin. Ten thousand prisoners were kept under German guns here on a 60-acre site ringed with a double barbed-wire fence and watchtowers.
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Reminds of a a two hour show, either on the Smithsonian Channel or the History Channel, that covers some of the underground areas in Germany from the war, including factories built into mountains. A lot of it was sealed up by the allies after the war and then forgotten. They went into a few, and there were rocket motors, housing, etc. just left there.
Now I’m in the mood to watch TGE again, for about the 70 Gazillionth time.
Read Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow.” He really did his research!
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British heroism? Pardon me but the US prisoners facilitated this escape with the packages they received from home
The story is a testament to the irrepressible human desire for freedom. Even after 50 of their mates were murdered, they were still tunneling.
The real “Cooler King” spoke at my Airborne School graduation waaaay back in 1986. Amazing man.
Did you just wake from a long nap side Nov 20?
The vast majority of the prisoners in this compound were British and many had been POWs since 1940. The Red Cross packages went to all the prisoners, British, Canadian, other commonwealth and US. The British ran the camp internally and made the plans. All of the prisoners contributed to the escape. And most of the American flyers were moved to Compound B 2 months before the escape.
Interesting stuff - thanks for sharing.
Actually, I got this in an email this morning, from a friend.
Thanks for the ping. Amazing that they did this after so many were killed in the great escape.
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