The Great Escape

The Great Escape

SBS  |  May 20, 2018

Winter, 1944. At the heart of Nazi Germany, 76 pilots - the British, the Canadians, the Norwegian and French - who were held in a prison camp of the Luftwaffe, escaped. The tunnel used for their flight was built in the greatest secrecy, under the nose of the German jailers. This historical epic, immortalised in 1963 by John Sturges' movie The Great Escape with Steve Mac Queen, went round the world. But the real story of these men overtakes by far the fiction imagined by Hollywood. Among the witnesses of this documentary is Jack Lyon, one of the last survivors of this adventure.

Winter, 1944. At the heart of Nazi Germany, 76 pilots - the British, the Canadians, the Norwegian and French - who were held in a prison camp of the Luftwaffe, escaped. The tunnel used for their flight was built in the greatest secrecy, under the nose of the German jailers. This historical epic, immortalised in 1963 by John Sturges' movie The Great Escape with Steve Mac Queen, went round the world. But the real story of these men overtakes by far the fiction imagined by Hollywood. Among the witnesses of this documentary is Jack Lyon, one of the last survivors of this adventure.

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