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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
The scene where Hilts is removing bed boards for tunnel use and Cavendish, not realizing too many boards were removed, comes crashing down through the bunks, is reminiscent of a real incident in Stalag Luft III as described in Paul Brickhill's book. During a drive to scrounge as many bed boards as possible, Roger Bushell (the real-life prisoner who was portrayed by Sir Richard Attenborough as Roger Bartlett) wanted to set an example and donated all of his boards and convinced his bunk-mate to do likewise. A string system was rigged to keep the mattresses in place, but on the first attempt, the strings gave way and Roger came crashing down through the bed on top of his bunk-mate.
Gentlemen, no doubt you've heard the immortal words of our new commandant: devote your energies to things other than escape, and sit out the war as comfortably as possible.
Bartlett: Well, that's exactly what we're going to do. We're going to devote our ...
In the tunnel, Colin's socks alternate between grey and white between shots.
Some TV versions edit the scene in which Ives is shot and killed for trying to escape over the fence.
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