No doubt we are all familiar with the story of the attempted escape of Allied soldiers from a German Prisoner of War camp during World War II. Based on a true story, ‘The Great Escape’ film has immortalised the tale of the men who attempted to break out of Stalag Luft II in Sagan. Having spent almost a year constructing three tunnels: Tom, Dick and Harry, the men finally made their escape via ‘Harry’ but, of the 78 that escaped, 73 were captured and fifty of those men were executed, the rest sent either back to prisoner of war camps or to concentration camps.
You may not, however, be as familiar with the story of 73 German officers who escaped from the Island Farm POW camp near Bridgend during World War II.
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02 Pwynt Trig Foel Fadian
MOS EE AA Ynyslas Meeting 2 January 1946, pg1
Delwedd o gasgliad Geoff Charles
Research Building interior, Ynyslas
Opening ceremony, Neuadd Goffa, Penparcau
Avis Waters, speaking at the Swansea roadshow
Camera Observation Post, Ynyslas
John James Blair, Mumbles
Plotting Grid, Royal Observer Corps RAF
Oral Testimony, Hazel Jenkins
© Casgliad y Werin Cymru, The People's Collection Wales 2011
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