WWII Diary found with coded plans for The Great Escape

Published on November 23rd, 2009 | by Admin


Coded plans for “The Great Escape” have been found in the diary of a British prisoner of war.

Ted Nestor was a prisoner of war (POW) at the camp where 77 Allied officers managed to dig a tunnel and escape.

His journal includes stories of camp life, cartoons and even a coded reference to the mass breakout.

Now, 20 years after his death, his daughter Sharon Cottam has visited Stalag Luft III in Poland and learned that her father was a war hero.

“My dad never talked about anything to do with the war when I was younger,” said Ms Cottam, from Stockport.

“But I remember as a child picking up dad’s diary and being fascinated by all these little drawings of planes and little stick figures and at that time, I didn’t realise the significance of what my dad had done in the war.”

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3 Responses to WWII Diary found with coded plans for The Great Escape

  1. My Dad was in Stalag Luft III for a while – and beyond the occasional story, he did not speak of his time as a POW either.

    I also have his diary – I have never been certain whether to attempt to publish it or not though.

  2. That’s amazing! Have you read it? What amazing stories are in there?

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