24 Mar 44: After months of planning, digging and forging, 76 Allied POWs in Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland), escape from the camp through a tunnel. The mass-escape causes havoc among the Germans as they issue a national alert and scramble to recapture them. An incensed Hitler will personally order the execution of 50 of the recaptured men in reprisal.

24 Mar 44: After months of planning, digging and forging, 76 Allied POWs in Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland), escape from the camp through a tunnel. The mass-escape causes havoc among the Germans as they issue a national alert and scramble to recapture them. An incensed Hitler will personally order the execution of 50 of the recaptured men in reprisal.

Stalag Luft III

General view of the huts and compound at Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp, scene of the 'Great Escape' in

General view of the huts and compound at Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp, scene of the 'Great Escape' in 1944.

General view of the huts and compound at Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp, scene of the 'Great Escape' in

Good reading to follow up watching the movie "The Great Escape". Gives real history of events and characters from Stalag Luft III, Sagan - WWII

POW airmen flying and held in Europes Stalag Luft during WWII.

24 Mar 44: After months of planning, digging and forging, 76 Allied POWs in Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland), escape from the camp through a tunnel. The mass-escape causes havoc among the Germans as they issue a national alert and scramble to recapture them. An incensed Hitler will personally order the execution of 50 of the recaptured men in reprisal.

24 Mar 44: After months of planning, digging and forging, 76 Allied POWs in Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland), escape from the camp through a tunnel. The mass-escape causes havoc among the Germans as they issue a national alert and scramble to recapture them. An incensed Hitler will personally order the execution of 50 of the recaptured men in reprisal.

This was a POW at Stalag Luft III. He verifies what my uncle said about food and hunger. That is what they thought about and talked about, both at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. There are more excerpts from this man, and I'll post them.

Raw interview excerpts / low resolution - (Red One cameras) My "work in progress" documentary film "Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story." My uncle served as a .

Alex Cassie forged documents for the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

Alex Cassie forged documents for the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

Stalag Luft III was located 100 miles southeast of Berlin in what is now Poland. The POW camp was one of six operated by the Luftwaffe for downed British and American airmen. Compared to other prisoner of war camps throughout the Axis world, it was a model of civilized internment. The Geneva Convention of 1929 on the treatment of prisoners of war was complied with as much as possible, but it was still war, still prison, and still grim

POW airmen flying and held in Europes Stalag Luft during WWII.

Of the 76 POWs who broke out of Stalag Luft III, only three made it all the way to freedom. Norwegian pilots Per Bergsland and Jens Müller. And Dutch pilot Bram van der Stok.

Photo taken at Stalag Luft III. Per (Peter) Bergsland stands on the left, and his comrade Jens Müller is on the right. Between the two is Halldor Espelid, who was captured and executed for his attempted escape.

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