Fourth Great Escape tunnel to be excavated

Published on January 20th, 2011 | by Admin


“George”, a little-known fourth escape tunnel at the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp is set to be excavated.

Dr Tuck believes George was begun in about September 1944, before the arrival of freezing conditions in winter that would have made digging impossible.

Stalag Luft III held more than 10,000 RAF and US air force prisoners, and it is estimated about a third would have assisted in preparations for the Tom, Dick and Harry breakout.

Far fewer would have worked on, or even known about George, Dr Tuck believes.

“This tunnel was uber-secret, this was another level of secrecy,” he says, which partly explains why so little is known about the tunnel.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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2 Responses to Fourth Great Escape tunnel to be excavated

  1. Ziti says:

    George has been pinpointed, excavated and re-sealed by British experts at Stalag Luft III.. Read the exclusive 7 September 2011 article about the important findings at

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