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POW records from Colditz Castle go online

Records of the Prisoners of War who were interned at Colditz Castle have gone online, 70 years after the war began.

The database – originally compiled by the Germans under terms of the Geneva convention requiring them to notify enemies about captured troops – helps bring to life tales told on screen, including The Great Escape and The Wooden Horse.

Among those listed are actor Desmond Llewelyn, famous for his performances as grumpy gadget inventor ‘Q’ in the James Bond films, but who in real life was captured in 1940 and held in notorious prison camp Colditz Castle for five years.

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