One of the most popular WWII movies was “The Great Escape” starring Steve McQueen. Based on an actual escape from German Stalag Luft III in March of 1944, the movie took a great deal of dramatic license to tell a gripping story. In fact, the truth is far more compelling and remarkable. Several hundred British officers spent more than a year under the scrutiny of armed German guards to plan, prepare and tunnel to freedom. It was the most audacious escape from a POW camp in history. Seventy-five prisoners made it out and Germany was in chaos. All but three men were recaptured. Fifty were brutally murdered by the Gestapo. The Great Escape is a true account of the flat refusal of a group of men to remain locked up in time of war. This is their story.