It was a split second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb.
It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men for every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year.
One of the most famous true stories from the last war, The GREAT ESCAPE tells how more than six hundred men in a German prisoner of war camp worked together to achieve an extraordinary break out.
Every night for a year they dug tunnels, and those who weren't digging, with their bare hands and crude homemade tools, sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, tailored German clothes, and civilian clothes to wear once they had escaped.
All of this was conducted under the very noses of their prison guards.
When the right night came, the actual escape itself was timed to the split second, but of course, not everything went according to plan...
Narrated By: Robert Whitfield
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