Hut 9 preservation group
Island Farm, Former German POW Camp, Bridgend, WALES
Welsh Great Escape
GERMAN POW ESCAPE ATTEMPT
In THE UK...
Western Mail - March 12th 1945
Posted by Henley Jenkins on 28 February 2014
Briefing after the escape
Allan Peet Written on the back is 'Escape of German Officer Prisoners of War, March 1945 Sand Hills'
and that Uncle Will (William Charles May) is in the Photo.
He's the Sgt in the other photo. Also I do know that the map on the shirt tail was in the family for years.. Wait out for more info
Sgt William Charles May
This nearly 40 years old BBC clip takes some of the escapees and local folk back to their temporary prison and provides an insight into the remarkable Great Welsh Escape story.
Island Farm was
designated as Camp
198 and was to hold
prisoners. The first
POWs were a mixed
bag of Italian and
German troops, but
the War Office soon
decided that the
camp was too
enlisted men and
that German officers
should be held
there. The first
arrived in November
The biggest escape attempt made by German Prisoners of War in Great Britain during the Second World War!70 prisoners escaped from Island Farm through a tunnel dug from Hut 9 (the only prison hut now left standing). The tunnel was about 70 feet (21 m) long and breached the perimeter fence. See our video and photo album footage on YouTube. Also see our Photo Album here.
Here is the link to a Channel 4 documentary on the Welsh Great Escape. A must see programme. It was on CH4 10 years go. You need to register but watching it is FREE.
Only three weeks after the escape, on 31 March 1945, the authorities suddenly transferred all 1,600 officers out of Island Farm Camp. It was then designated Special Camp Eleven and was prepared to receive senior German officers, many of whom had been captured in France and were awaiting trial at Nuremberg. In all there were 160 officers holding the rank of general, admiral, or field marshal, including a number of Hitler's closest advisers".
On 10 March 1945, 70 prisoners escaped from Island Farm through a tunnel dug from Hut 9 (the only hut now left standing). The tunnel was long enough to breach the perimeter fence of the camp. All German Escapees were captured.
See the full Island Farm story by visiting Brett Exton's historic website
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