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Australian 'Great Escape' survivor still has vivid memories

Published on Mar 27, 2014 11:29 AM

PERTH (AFP) - Australian Paul Royle, one of only two men alive from World War II's daring "Great Escape", says he still has vivid memories of the audacious prison breakout on its 70th anniversary.

Royle, 100, was one of 76 men who tunnelled out of German prison camp Stalag Luft III on a bitterly cold night in March 1944, an event immortalised in the 1960s film The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough.

They dug three tunnels - codenamed Tom, Dick and Harry - although only Harry was used.

Only three made it to safety from a camp the Nazis said was escape-proof.

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