Abstract

In August 2011, the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow undertook excavations at the prisoner of war camp of Stalag Luft III at Zagań, Poland. This was the site of the famous “Great Escape” in March 1944, when 76 officers escaped the camp through Harry, one of four tunnels dug by the prisoners during their incarceration. Of the escapers, 73 were recaptured and 50 of them were executed by the Gestapo, and the camp stands as a memorial to them. The tunnels are an important part of the memorial, testifying to the ingenuity and superhuman effort made by the prisoners in their attempt to escape and disrupt the German war machine.

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