“Everyone in this room is living on borrowed time. By rights we should all be dead! The only reason that God allowed us this extra ration of life is so we can make life hell for the Hun… three bloody deep, bloody long tunnels will be dug – Tom, Dick, and Harry. One will succeed!”
With those words the chief escape officer in Stalag Luft III, Squadron Leader Roger Bushell RAF, announced his plan for perhaps the most daring escape attempt of the war – the mass breakout of 200 men through the digging of three long tunnels (nicknamed Tom, Dick, and Harry), an audacious feat of tunneling that would be long and dangerous.
Just after 22.00 hrs on the night of 24/25 March 1944, the first escapee broke through to the surface – only to find it well short of the surrounding trees. The escapees would have to crawl to the cover of the trees under the noses of the patrolling sentries.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining the artist, every print in this exclusive edition has been individually signed by the following veteran from Stalag Luft III who were involved in The Great Escape:
Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM “TEX” ASH
THE ESCAPERS EDITION
Each print is in this FIVE signature edition is also signed by:
Squadron Leader DICK CHURCHILL
Flight Lieutenant JACK LYON
Wing Commander KEN REES
Warrant Officer RON WADE