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“The Great Escape” Revisited. by The Elephant's Child
January 20, 2012, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, Military, Movies | Tags: , ,

One of the great movies of all time is The Great Escape. Here is the original trailer. If you have never seen it, (is there anyone who has never seen it?) order it up from Netflix, or order it up again, it’s well worth seeing more than once.

The classic Steve McQueen movie immortalized three tunnels at Stalag Luft III POW camp,  named Tom, Dick and Harry. But now archaeologists have located a fourth tunnel called George. The camp was located 100 miles east of Berlin in western Poland.

The notorious camp once held ten thousand prisoners under German guns, on a 60 acre site ringed with a double barbed-wire fence and watchtowers. Tunnel Tom was discovered by the Germans. Dick was used for storage, and Harry became the stuff of folklore when it was used on the night of March 24, 1944, and immortalized in the movie.

Here is the story of the archaeological dig, the memories of the still living former POWs and pictures of what they found, and the story of tunnel George, which the Germans never discovered. And don’t miss the destination of George and its intended purpose. Enjoy.




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