15th August, on a Great Escapes Battlefield tour with the War Research Society. Having seen the film on many occasions the chance to visit the site was amazing. The museum encompasses not just Stalag Luft III but also Stalag VIII so the area contained is vast, the land is owned by the National Forestry Commission and also the 11th Armoured Tank Division (Polands largest) so there are trenches and berms etc so be careful walking round. Also beware of the mosquitos and midges in the summer. The museum itself is small, though with a recent build, by UK RAF and Army volunteers, of a approximate half size barrack hut. I especially liked the replica of "Harry" tunnel that you can crawl along, it's actual size though only 10m in length, you crawl under a small barbed wire fence and a watchtower, just a small taste of the Escaping experience. The local guide was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and very helpful, he has been clearing the ground to expose the huts and building of the camp, a lot of work but finacial limits aren't helping. Well worth a visit
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