corisande, on 08 April 2012 - 10:21 AM, said:
thanks for helping me finding the information in no time.
Interesting is the following:
1. One paper talks about the tunnel being 80 yards
and the other paper refers to the escapees own story saying that they calculated 50 yards
to beyond the barbed wires. So the actual length could have been somewhere in-between I guess.
2. There own story (as per the Newspaper clip) also refers to some details how they managed to complete the tunnel, e.g. working overalls left behind in the tunnel after a days work and the "trolly" to remove the earth from the tunnel. This sounds a bit like The Great Escape in WW2. I wonder, was this intelligence passed on the the WW2 diggers? At Donington Hall there were only 2 guys digging!? I have some doubts they actually digged the 50 to 80 yards by themselves. There must have been enough "helpers" around, but why did they not escape as well, or did they and were never caught?
3. A number of tunnels were digged in WW2 to escape from camps in Germany, Italy and Poland and like in the case of The Great Escape there were lots of diggers, helpers, etc.