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The Great Escape - Oldie Podcast with Tom Assheton and James Jackson


Blue print of Stalag Luft III (the camp that The Great Escape was based on)

Great Escapes have captured the imagination for generations. From the simplest adoption of disguise to the longest tunnels, both successful and failed attempts have entered the realm of legend. Everyone knows the WW2 tale of the Great Escape, yet far fewer remember the names of those who dug myriad escape tunnels to confound the Germans and try to reach home. Colditz and Stalag Luft III have been the subject of television and the big screen. But the real stories of boredom, fortitude, courage and starvation – and occasional death – give a picture that is more layered and complex than most now imagine. This is the story:-

Over, through and under the wire ...

1. Inertia & Escape

2. The Wild, the Wacky and the Simple Plan

3. Organisation

4. Equipment

5. Killing Time

6. Technique

7. The Camps

8. Other escapes

ps - Lucky Escapes


Marcus Scriven interview with wartime POW Frank Day - 2 extracts

Counter Terrorism Handbook by James Jackson - extract