Great Escape 70th anniversary commemorated in Poland

The 70th anniversary of the Great Escape has been commemorated in a ceremony in Poland. A Great Escape survivor told ITV News that being captured by prison guards "saved my life."

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70th anniversary of the Great Escape marked in Poland

A ceremony to commemorate the Great Escape, the famous breakout from German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft Three in 1944, took place in Zagan, west Poland.

Survivors, families and UK and Polish officials gathered in Zagan to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the escape plot.

One reenactor said: "We have great respect for all prisoners who were here"

Read: British RAF meet last survivors of The Great Escape at Stalag Luft 3.

Former prisoner of war and survivor of Stalag Luft Three, Charles Thelen, said it was "kind of a strange feeling" on seeing the camp today.

Of those who broke out of the camp, only three reached safety and of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot.

Great Escape veterans re-visit prisoner of war camp

British Prisoner of War veterans revisit the route of a death march that claimed hundreds of Allied lives in 1945, as the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Great Escape.

RAF regulars and reserves stood with Charles Clarke OBE, one of the last remaining servicemen who made the treacherous journey through enemy lines.

Images via Twitter from Matt Reid RAF Cranwell.

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