This veteran’s daring escape from Nazi POW camp during World War Two has been kept quiet until now

Roll call of British POWs at Stalag XXID, Poznan (Posen). Copyright: © IWM. Photo Credit

Realizing he could be shot by Nazi guards at any moment, RAF doctor Tom Cullen’s heart raced as he scrambled over the 8-foot high barbed wire fence at the…

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How Millions Of Secret Silk Maps Helped POWs Escape Their Captors in WWII | Atlas Obscura

A “Mark III” military escape kit, with a silk map peeking out. OSHER MAP LIBRARY AND SMITH CENTER FOR CARTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE

Imagine it’s 1942, and you’re a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force. In a skirmish above Germany, your plane was shot out of the sky, and since then you’ve been hunkered down in a Prisoner of War camp. Your officers have told you it’s your duty to escape as soon as you can, but you can’t quite figure out how—you’ve got no tools and no spare rations, and you don’t even know where you are.

One day, though, you’re playing Monopoly with your fellow prisoners when you notice a strange seam in the board. You pry it open—and find a secret compartment with a file inside. In other compartments…

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Trip to Colditz Castle – W.U Hstry

Colditz Castle [Wikimedia]

Colditz Castle [Wikimedia]

In late July I was fortunate enough to travel Germany, taking in many of its cultural and historical sites. It is fair to say Germany did have plenty to offer in the famous cities and towns of Berl…

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