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The Scrounger – It wasn’t Cricket….

July 24, 2017 0

One of the most poignant exchanges in the movie account of The Great Escape (1963) is that between The Scrounger Hendley (James Garner) and The Forger Blythe (Donald Pleasence). […]

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Stalag Luft III in Words and Pictures

July 21, 2017 0

While genuine artifacts from Stalag Luft III seldom appear in salesrooms, with so little having survived the forced evacuation, a great way for people to connect both with the story and the era is through antiquarian books. […]

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The Great Escape (1963) – The Movie

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The Great Escape (1963) appears on the all-time favorite movies list of many people. Whether it is Steve McQueen attempting to leap the barbed-wire barricades on a motorcycle or James Garner and Donald Pleasance crash-landing their plane in sight of the mountains of Switzerland and freedom, the movie evokes a spirit of rugged defiance. […]

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F/Lt Raymond Keen and wife Irene

F/Lt Raymond Keen with wife Irene. Shot down over Duisburg, Germany, 26 March 1943. Arrived at Stalag Luft III's legendary North Compound, 12 April 1943 - The very moment the idea of The Great Escape was hatched.

ORIGINAL ART AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE HISTORIC NORTH COMPOUND OF STALAG LUFT III

Artifacts associated with the The Great Escape are some of the rarest of all World War II Militaria. You only have to look at how few items appear on the market. In recent years that number can be counted on one hand. The Art displayed above was created by POWs in the North Compound of Stalag Luft III. Many of the men were the secret workforce, the Stooges and the Penguins, the crafstmen and the forgers, the bedrock without which The Great Escape would never have come to pass. They were there. They lived it.