Season 1, Episode 02 – “Breakout”
The Great Escape is universally known as the POW breakout from Colditz but, that was NOT the first Great Escape. The First Great Escape took place in 1917 from Holzminden Officer Prisoner of War Camp in Hanover, Germany. Camp Commandant Karl Niemeyer, a vindictive and arrogant man who had an appalling reputation for mistreatment, boasted from the outset that Holzminden was impossible to escape from. He greatly underestimated the ingenuity of the British Officers. Within a month of the camp’s establishment, 17 Officers escaped although they were swiftly recaptured. Many other escape attempts failed with the Officers being returned to confinement. It was against this backdrop that a small group of British Officers devised a plan of escape by digging a tunnel. This is the story of the incredible escape of 29 British Officers in July 1918 having spent 10 months constructing the tunnel right under the noses of their German guards.
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