Stalag Luft III: An Official History of the POW Camp of the Great Escape

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Opened in March 1942 to house captured Allied airmen, particularly officers, Stammlager Luft III at Sagan was built to make escape particularly difficult, especially tunnelling. This did not stop the prisoners who dug through more than 100 yards of loose sand, enabling seventy-six men to escape. All but three of the men were recaptured, however, and fifty were executed by the Germans. This Official History of the camp was prepared for the War Office but was never released to the general public. It explains the German administration and running of the camp, the food and conditions the prisoners endured, and the means by which morale was maintained under such trying circumstances. Inevitably considerable space is devoted to the escapes and their careful preparation as well as the anti-escape measures undertaken by the guards. There is also a chapter detailing the punishments meted out for attempting to escape, and lists the number of shooting incidents. This account provides the reader with an accurate and unprecedented insight into life in a German PoW camp in the latter years of the Second World War.

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John Grehan has written, edited or contributed to more than 300 military history books, journals and magazines, covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent war in Afghanistan. Between 2007 and 2014, John was the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine, but now devotes his time to books.

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