The museum to the martyrdom of the allied prisoners of war was opened in 1971. It covers the history of the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III, where the Great Escape took place. You have to push the door bell and a member of staff will come down and let you in. The first thing you notice with the staff is they smile, not like other museums in...more
There is a watchtower in the photograph and close to it is a tunnel that has been dug into the ground and it has been covered over by a perspex cover. The problem with this arrangement can be the perspex mists up. In the future there will be a memorial set in the woods for the entrance and exit. You will be able to descend the 30 feet and gain some...more
The model shows the layout of the camp. There is a label by hut 104 which contained the entrance to Harry. A second label by the watchtower shows the exit of Harry. This shows how close the exit was to the watchtower and how difficult it was to cover the open ground. Bearing in mind that it had snowed the day before and the ground would have been...more
The tunnel (Harry) is marked out from when hut 104 was located and heads the 100 metres towards the memorial. At the start of the tunnel the names of the 50 prisoners who were murder are engraved in the stones. As you follow the tunnel you notice it widens to indicate where Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square the halfway houses were located. These...more
This is the remains of the camp theatre. You can see that the ground slopes, this was due to sand from the tunnelling being hidden under the theatre. Various shows and acts were put on in the theatre and prisoners had to pay with camp money to attend. Peter Butterworth & Talbot Rothwell met up in the camp all took part in shows. After the war Peter...more
The fire pond is one of the few items to remain intact in the camp. The prisoners used the pond during the summer to sail small model boats. It is also recorded that sometimes during light hearted moments prisoners were thrown into the pond and then had great difficulty getting out because the slopping sides were slippery. In the film The Great...more
There is nothing left of Stalag Luft III, all the buildings have gone and there is only the foundations, to indicate where the barracks once stood. I walked through the woods and past some workmen across to what was the far side of the camp. I did mainly because the sun was in front of me and I thought the photographs would be better with the sun...more
If you decide to visit the site of Stalag Luft III I would advise taking good walking shoes or boots. Walking around the old site is easy and there are markers on the trees but it is easy to trip over rubble or fallen tree branches. As with all wooded areas in this part of the world you have to be aware of tick bites.