Saturday, August 29, 2015

One of the last Great Escapers dies at 101

One of the last Great Escapers dies at 101 in Australia.

Australian Paul Royle was one of 76 airmen who broke away from the German prison and made headlines around the world. Mr Royle died in a Perth hospital on Sunday after surgery for a fractured hip, local media reported on Friday.

The great escape from the from notorious Nazi Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi Germany in 1944 made headlines and was later immortalized by the Hollywood film 'The Great Escape' starring Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and many others.

The "Great Escape" happened on the night of 24 and early hours of 25 March in 1944. Of three tunnels prisoners began digging, only one, "Harry", was completed. It was 102m (336ft) long and 8.5m deep. Only three of the men who escaped reached safety. Of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot.

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