"GREAT ESCAPE" OCCURRED 75 YEARS AGO TODAY

Mar 25, 2019

By Andy Johnson

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It was 75 years ago Sunday night and into Monday morning that 200 allied prisoners began the “Great Escape” from the Germany Prisoner of War Camp Stalag Luft 3 in Poland.

All were aircrew members and all were in a tunnel named “Harry.”

Only 75 would get away before the tunnel was discovered.  50 of the escapees would be executed by the Gestapo on Hitler’s orders.

Only three 3 would make it to freedom

Hollywood captured the exploits in the 1963 Academy Award nominated film “The Great Escape”.

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