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The Great Escape to the North

The Great Escape to the North

In 1943 the captives of Stalag Luft III in Żagań, which was a camp for pilots of different nationalities, began preparations for one of the biggest escapes during World War II. The action consisted in digging three tunnels at the same time. "Harry" is the name of the longest tunnel dug at a depth of 9 meters, which headed north. The trench was about 110 meters long. Finally, on the night of March 24-25, 1944, 76 pilots escaped from the camp. As a result of the pursuit of the escapees, most of them were caught. For two Norwegian RAF pilots (Jens Miller and Peter Bergsland) Szczecin became a gateway to freedom. It was one of the largest organized escapes of POWs, known around the world as the Great Escape. 

 

1. A shelter under the station

2. Pijalnia Piwa in the Old Town

3. Zamek Cinema

4. The old town

5. Łasztownia

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