RAF officers in 100-mile trek to mark Great Escape
26 March 2014
A group of 50 British air force officers are marching from the site of the Nazi Stalag Luft III prisoner camp near Zagan, Poland to a British war cemetery in western Poland to mark 70 years since the Great EscapeA group of 50 Royal Air Force officers have set off to march from the site of a Nazi prisoner camp to a war cemetery in western Poland to mark 70 years since the Great Escape of Allied airmen.
The march is also honouring 50 of them who were caught and executed.
Marek Lazarz, director of the Stalag Luft III Museum near Zagan, said the British group started in pouring rain yesterday from a monument marking the place where 76 prisoners of war emerged, one by one, from a tunnel on March 24 and 25, 1944.
The 77th man was spotted by guards, who gave chase. The 1963 Hollywood movie The Great Escape tells the story...
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The MoD also has an informative article: The Great Escape 70 years on
Lest We Forget.