British officers march in Poland to honour The Great Escape

A contingent of 50 British air force officers began a four-day march in the western Polish town of Żagań on Tuesday March 25 to commemorate the 50 airmen who died fleeing a Nazi concentration camp in what became known as The Great Escape.

On the night of March 24 1944, 76 servicemen fled from the German Stalag Luft III camp through a a 102 metre tunnel they had spent 11 months constructing. Only three got away safely. Of the 73 recaptured, 50 were executed.

For the full story, please visit The Warsaw Voice. For a breakdown of the nationalities of the 50 executed prisoners, see the Wikipedia article.

(Photo: CSvBibra)