March 22, 2009

DEPENDS ON YOUR POINT OF VIEW, HEDLEY:

Former POWs mark 'Great Escape' anniversary (Allan Hall, 22 Mar 2009, Daily Telegraph)

Adolf Hitler ordered 50 recaptured Allied airmen to be shot as a deterrent to others seeking to escape after their spectacular bid for freedom from Stalag Luft III.

Only three men made 'home runs' to safety through a tunnel which, nevertheless, tied up tens of thousands of Germans, who would otherwise be fighting, in the search for the escapers.

Tuesday will be the 65th anniversary of the spectacular freedom bid and the men involved will be honoured by several prisoners who were in the camp that was formerly in Germany but now lies near the town of Zagan in Poland.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2009 12:42 PM
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