05 Jan 42: Airey Neave becomes the first British officer to successfully escape from a German POW camp (Oflag IV-C at Colditz Castle, Germany) disguised in a crafted German uniform. He escapes by walking straight out the front gate and traveling by train and then by foot to Danzig where he slips onto a boat to neutral Sweden. Six weeks later he is flown home to England.

05 Jan Airey Neave becomes the first British officer to successfully escape…

The prisoners courtyard. Oflag IVC Prisoner of War camp, Colditz Castle, WW2

The prisoners courtyard. Oflag IVC Prisoner of War camp, Colditz Castle,

Colditz Castle in Saxony, Germany, where many British prisoners of war were sent. Their prison records are now available for the first time online

Mysteries of Colditz Castle revealed as escape records of Allies' daredevil PoWs go online for the first time

It is very easy to replace one form of imprisonment for another, perhaps more subtle and invidious, kind. Escaping the geographical Colditz does not necessarily imply that one has freed oneself fro…

Chapel inside Colditz Castle -- ESCAPE ROUTE HIDDEN UNDER PULPIT

Chapel inside Colditz Castle -- ESCAPE ROUTE HIDDEN UNDER PULPIT

Escapades: Prisoners play volley ball inside Colditz Castle. It was where the Nazis sent PoWs who had fled from other camps

Mysteries of Colditz Castle revealed as escape records of Allies' daredevil PoWs go online for the first time

surmonter et survivre : Prisoners play volley ball inside Colditz Castle. It was where the Nazis sent PoWs who had fled from other camps

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