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War films: the great escape from the truth

This is a true story,” proclaims the title card at the opening of The Great Escape, perhaps the most popular Second World War film ever made.

“Although the characters are composites of real men, and time and place have been compressed, every detail of the escape is the way it really happened.” That claim was disputed by, among others, Squadron Leader Eric Dowling, one of the last surviving participants in the escape plan, who died this week at the age of 92. “Digger” Dowling, who helped to construct the only tunnel that was not discovered by the Germans, always insisted that the 1963 film depicting the breakout from Stalag Luft III in 1944 was partly fantasy. for more click here

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