The Great Escape - Stalag Luft 3 - The camp as it is Now in 2018.

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by The Cooler King, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    The Local Museum has recently installed some useful notice Boards around the camp to assist visitors.

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  2. The Cooler King

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    And Finally, close by to the camp is the Memorial to the Fifty men murdered by the Gestapo. :poppy:

    This was the original Simple Cross and inscription.

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  3. The Cooler King

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    Latter this more significant memorial was constructed with the name of each of the murdered men.

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  4. The Cooler King

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    Lets move onto the Museum that is located on a separate site about a mile or so away from the camp.
    This is purpose built and they have done a decent job with the main building a reconstructed Hut and a couple of watch towers.


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  5. The Cooler King

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    The Museum itself contains some interesting exhibits - most nations are represented with their respective uniforms.

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  6. The Cooler King

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    There is also an excellent model of the camp:-

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  7. The Cooler King

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    Here are some of the artifacts that where recovered from the actual camp which are on display.
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  8. The Cooler King

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    Here are some images of the reconstructed Hut. I was surprised at how large it actually was.

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  9. The Cooler King

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    Here is the interior along with some information on its construction.

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  10. The Cooler King

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    Here is a reconstructed "Oxygen" machine. Museum7A.jpg

    Here is A reconstructed trolley which was used to move up and down the tunnels and move the earth.

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    This cover was recovered from the camp - Dick's entrance was hidden in a drain sump in the washroom of hut 122.

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  11. The Cooler King

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    Here is some of the art work and pictures from the museum:-

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  12. The Cooler King

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    Some more artifacts from the museum including fake papers, camera etc.

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  14. The Cooler King

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    Within the grounds is this memorial to all prisoners of war and the holocaust. :poppy:

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  15. The Cooler King

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    There is also a small shop within the museum.

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    Here are some more exhibits.............

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  16. The Cooler King

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    A few to finish the Museum Off................

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  17. Sussex by the Sea

    Sussex by the Sea Senior Member

    Great thread, thanks very much.

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  18. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    Thank you for these detailed images. I will never get the chance to see the camp myself and appreciate this thread.

    A distant relative, Donald Curtis Walch, DFC, was a prisoner at Stalag Luft III.
     
  19. The Cooler King

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    Thanks very much for your feedback. :)

    This is the final set of images.......that concentrates on the Railway station at Zagan.
    The station was very important as an integral part of the escape plan. Moving by train would effectively get the escaper as far as possible away from the camp in the shortest possible time. Use of time tables, travel papers, passes and ID's had specifically been manufactured for travel. Some of the best clothes and uniforms where also given to the men who planned to reach the station and some of these men had a second language to give them a more realistic alibi.

    The station sequence was also heavily featured in the film. (Although not the original). It was located about 3/4 of a mile from the camp.

    This first image is of the ground of the direction of the camp that the escapers would have crossed;-

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  20. The Cooler King

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    This is what they would have first seen of the Station:- The buildings in the foreground would have been still standing but note the entrance to the underpass which they would have had to pass through to access the platforms.

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