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The Welsh Great Escape

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Broadcaster:  Channel 4

On the night of 24th March 1944, seventy-six men took part in the world famous Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in Germany.  An escape of this scale was recognised as a grave threat to national security, and Hitler was informed.  An estimated five million people prepared to take part in the largest manhunt of the war – with tragic consequences.
Almost one year to the day later, seventy German POWs escaped from the high security camp in Bridgend in Wales and were tracked by a motley collection of armed soldiers, Home Guard, dogs, local children and Girl Guides.  One of the largest manhunts of the whole war was dramatic, serious and comic in turn – but not tragic.



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