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The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III (Hardback)

The Memoir of Jens Müller

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By Jens Müller
Greenhill Books
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781784384302
Published: 28th February 2019


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"It took me three minutes to get through the tunnel. Above ground I crawled along holding the rope for several feet: it was tied to a tree. Sergeant Bergsland joined me; we arranged our clothes and walked to the Sagan railway station… Bergsland was wearing a civilian suit he had made for himself from a Royal Marine uniform, with an RAF overcoat slightly altered with brown leather sewn over the buttons. A black RAF tie, no hat. He carried a small suitcase which had been sent from Norway. In it were Norwegian toothpaste and soap, sandwiches, and 163 Reichsmarks given to him by the Escape Committee.'

Jens Müller was one of only three men who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in March 1944 - the break that later became the basis for the famous film the "Great Escape".

Müller was no. 43 of the 76 prisoners of war who managed to escape from the camp (now in Żagań Poland). Together with Per Bergsland he stowed away on a ship to Gothenburg. The escapees sought out the British consulate and were flown to Scotland. From there they were sent by train to London and shortly afterwards to 'Little Norway' in Canada.

Müller's book about his wartime experiences was first published in Norwegian in 1946, titled, 'Tre kom tilbake' (Three Came Back). This is the first translation into English and will correct the impression - set by the film and Charles Bronson - that the men who escaped successfully were American and Australian.

In a vivid, informative memoir he details what life in the camp was like, how the escapes were planned and executed and tells the story of his personal breakout and success reaching RAF Leuchars base in Scotland.

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About Jens Müller

Jens Müller was a Norwegian pilot who was shot down by a German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 off the Belgian coast. He was captured as soon as he paddled ashore and sent to Stalag Luft III. After the war he wrote Tre kom tilbake about his experiences. He died in 1999.

Asgeir Ueland, born in 1974, is a historian and writer. He was educated at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has written for a number of Norwegian newspapers and journals. His latest book on the Shetland Bus was published by Gyldendal.

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