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Veteran British POWs visit Stalag Luft III to mark the 65th anniversary of the REAL Great Escape

Stalag Luft III was a Nazi POW camp, mostly for allied airmen who’d been shot down and taken captive. The prisoners secretly began to dig tunnels and make plans for escape. On March 24th, 1944, the plan was executed, but from the start, everything went wrong. Only 77 men managed to get into the escape tunnels, and were soon discovered. Of the 77, only 3 managed to get to safety. 50 escapees were executed by the orders of Hitler. This escape attempt was made into a 1963 film, “The Great…