Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Great Escape - A Remarkable Engineering Achievement

In 1943 work had begun on 'Harry', the tunnel that allowed over 70 men to escape from the German POW camp, 'Stalag III', during World War II.

This was the same tunnel made famous by the movie 'The Great Escape'.

The link below takes you to a site where one of the men, after the War, drew a diagram with explanations of each of the sections.

Electric lighting. A railroad. An air ventilation system.

Against incredible odds, the Allied airmen imprisoned at the Nazi POW camp Stalag Luft III secretly engineered these and other technological marvels 30 feet underground in the three escape tunnels they named "Tom," "Dick," and "Harry."

They used only tools that they could manufacture themselves out of tin cans, and they scavenged building materials at great risk. When they were done, the airmen carried out one of the greatest mass escapes of all time.

Through this interactive map, drawn after the war by one of the POWs, Ley Kenyon, you can explore the remarkable story of Harry, the 300-foot tunnel that 76 men snuck through during their infamous getaway on the night of March 24-25, 1944.

When graphics appear, move cursor over the number (no need to click) to display an explanation of activity.

Make sure you take the tour. It's really something to see.


Thanks to the Big Boy

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