Here is part one which I posted earlier.
Stalag Luft III
- There were no Americans in the camp at the time of the escape, although a few did help to build the tunnels, they were moved to a different camp a few months before the escape took place.
- One thing the movie doesn't depict well is the extreme danger that digging the tunnels was. The men were digging under 30 ft of sand - that was prone to collapse - to escape the German's tunneling detectors - that is really quite the feat when you think about it!!
- In the movie, there is an air raid the night of the escape that actually helps them get extra prisoners out under the cover of darkness. In actuality, the raid slowed them down because it got rid of the lights in the tunnel which significantly hindered their progress.
- There are no tunnel collapses the night of the escape in the movie, but in real life they had a rather large collapse that made them lose quite a bit of time in the fixing of it.