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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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The Great Escape tunnels seen today at Stalag Luft 3

In the spring of 1943, Squadron Leader Roger Bushell RAF conceived a plan for a major escape from the camp, which occurred the night of 24–25 March 1944 - known as The Great Escape.

The Stalag Luft 3 was a Lufftwaffe run prisoner of war camp in Poland

Martin Cross takes us on a personal walkthrough of the tunnels, named Tom, Dick and Harry.

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