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March 19, 2004


Archaeologists have located "Dick", one of three attempted escape tunnels from Stalag-Luft 3. I am certain most Flea-readers know the names of the other two.

The attempt to tunnel out of Stalag-Luft 3 was one of the most audacious episodes of the Second World War, immortalised in the movie The Great Escape. Seventy Allied prisoners toiled for months to get out of the German camp, but only three made it to freedom and 50 were executed as punishment for trying.

Now the only remaining tunnel of the three they dug, codenamed Dick, has been found and excavated by archaeologists after lying undisturbed for six decades.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 19, 2004 05:44 AM