Germans gather all the Allied officers that frequently try to escape from the POW camps in one place - built from the scratch to prevent any escapes. But the Allied soldiers not only will attempt to escape, but they have plan for largest escape Germans have ever seen before.
In 1942 Germans have prepared a special POW camp for special prisoners - based on the experiences with previous escapes of the Allied prisoners of war they have selected special site near Zagan in Poland, where the soil is especially sandy and would make any attempts to dig a tunnel impossible or easy to spot by the guards. They made all the arrangements while building Stalag Luft III so the escape would be impossible and not without reason. They chose all the prisoners from other POW camps that frequently were trying to escape and put them together in Stalag Luft III, so all the most troublesome prisoners would be in a one, easy to guard, place. But instead of breaking the spirit of Allied prisoners the new camp became a challenge for them - newly transferred Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett of RAF took over the escape committee and prepared a daring plan. Instead of dealing with small escape attempts he decided to go big - he planned to free 250 of the prisoners in one night. To reach that target he ordered 3 separate tunnels to be dug, nicknamed Tom, Dick and Harry, also every man taking part in the escape be equipped with everything he will need on the other side of the fence - from civilian clothes to all the documents.
Film based on real events - the escape that took place in Stalag Luft III, where Germans kept all the troublesome Allied officers. Just like with Battle of Britain this film was also made with the "glorification of war heroes" attitude - on large scale and with many stars in the cast. While the story itself was very interesting and involving the film makers made it almost 3 hours long, which was a bit much and in some parts not really necessary. It is solid classic kept close to the real events, but at the same time it can hardly be called fast-paced war movie. Still worth to know since it is one of those movies that will keep you interested until the very end.
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The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Escapees that made it
Only three of the escapees taking part in Great Escape were not caught by the Germans - two Norwegians, Per Bergsland and Jens MŁller, escaped to their home country through Stetin, Dutch Bram van der Stok escaped through France and reached British embassy in Madrid. Van der Stok was the only one that made it back to England and rejoined RAF.
Flying Officer Louis Sedgwick:
In January 1945 Dutch teenager gets involved in the resistance activity - due to chain of events it is up to him to help a young British pilot, but this could mean death to his family and friends.