The Great Escape – Irish-style

Now that’s how to do it. Thanks for sharing this, I wasn’t aware of it. I’d love to see this escape made into a movie.


As a child, The Great Escape was one film that never failed to entertain me. Aside from a stellar cast that included Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Garner and a host of others, the story was compelling and also happened to be true.

It’s a tale of derring-do, an against-the odds story in which one can’t help but admire the 76 Allied POWs who, in March of 1944, tunneled their way out of Stalag Luft III.

Richard Attenborough and Steve McQueen in a scene from The Great Escape Richard Attenborough and Steve McQueen in a scene from The Great Escape

Before the POWs could make their escape from the camp in Lower Silesia, 100 miles southeast of Berlin, they and their comrades had to forge ID cards and make civilian clothes for those making the dash for freedom through enemy territory.

The ingenuity involved, from the construction of the tunnel to the disposal of the dug-up earth, was quite…

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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