Few films centered on the events of World War II have remained as perennially popular as has ‘The Great Escape.’ The events depicted in the Steve McQueen film are based on a real escape from a Luftwaffe POW camp near the end of the war in Europe. The scene of the escape was Stalag Luft III in Żagań, Poland, and the mastermind of the escape was RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell. Bushell had become a Squadron Leader in 1939, and on his first engagement he was shot down and taken prisoner by German forces. He bounced around several different German prisoner camps...

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