Recently I was contacted by a Dutchman, Ben van Drogenbroek, who had recently finished reading dad’s book, ‘Of Stirlings and Stalags: an air-gunner’s tale’ and who wished to pass on his comments about having enjoyed it immensely. He particularly enjoyed the section about the theatre in Stalag Luft III –
“I am especially interested in the theatre activities at Stalag Luft 3 and the description
of the plays on pages 162 – 167 is second to none.”
He has published a book (containing three separate volumes) about Stalag Luft III and is currently preparing a second, updated, edition of the book that will have a limited print run.
“The Camera Became My Passport Home”
Stalag Luft 3, The Great Escape, The Forced March and the Liberation at Moosburg
A three-volume reference book about Stalag Luft 3
over 500 images (photos, drawings and maps)
oblong – large format – printed in full colour on glossy paper
hard-bound with blind-embossed covers
Limited first-edition (100 copies)
Each set numbered and signed by the author
Every set comes with a personalized and numbered certificate
During the second world war, Stalag Luft 3 was a German prisoner of war camp for Allied Air Force Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.
This camp became known because of two famous “tunnel” escapes; The Wooden Horse Escape and The Great Escape.
Both escapes are thoroughly documented in the book, inclusive descriptions and drawings about their construction.
The story of Stalag Luft 3 is pieced together with general information about the Second World War to provide a better view about the time in which the experiences of the prisoners of war took place.
Original German terminology, with the English translation between brackets, is used throughout.
All photographs and illustrations are reproduced on a size which would do them justice; revealing as much detail as possible. Most of the photographs and drawings are authentic, but many maps, ground plans and technical drawings had to be fabricated by the author to brighten the presentation.
Although the book is a historical record, p.o.w. made cartoons have also been included because they often give a very effective impression of a particular circumstance.
Many drawings were carried in preference to food during The Forced March when Stalag Luft 3 was evacuated.
The images are provided with comprehensive captions, so the volumes can also be read by only targeting the pictures.
The three-volume set includes:
– Many first-hand accounts of prisoners from England, United States, Canada, Belgium and Holland
402 prisoners of war at Stalag Luft 3 mentioned by name (name-index in alphabetic order at the end of volume 3)
– Information about all compounds of Stalag Luft 3 and “Belaria”, the satellite camp
including: the expansions of the camp during the war because the intensified air-war above Germany and occupied Europe
ground plan of the whole Stalag Luft 3 complex with all the barrack-numbers
– The role of the Red Cross and the Y.M.C.A. concerning prisoners of war
– Daily life at Stalag Luft 3
including: prisoners of war food recipes
prisoners of war mail (the only connection home)
– Prisoners of war ingenuity; the ability to make everything out of nothing
including: tin bashing, escape compass making, p.o.w. made “Luger” pistol and p.o.w. made rifle
prisoners of war artwork (handicrafts, drawings, cartoons, poems)
theatre activities (with many stage and backstage photographs)
sports activities (inclusive: the “Sagan Golf Club” and golf ball making at the East Compound)
lecture: How to make a p.o.w. blow torch [soldering iron] – inclusive work-drawing
lecture: Forging a German “Ausweis” [identification document] – step by step
– Nazi Germany
– The course of the war
– The home front
– Jewish prisoners at Stalag Luft 3
– Stalag Luft 3 from the German side
including: the full story of Sigrid Moritz, one of the many censor girls at Stalag Luft 3
list of the German regular staff working at Stalag Luft 3
– Dulag Luft; the German interrogation/transit camp for captured aircrew
– The story of Roy Kilminster, who transferred from Stalag Luft 3 to Stalag Luft 1, where he became master forger
– The Wooden Horse Escape from the East Compound (inclusive drawing of the tunnel’s construction)
– The Mole Tunnel Escape from the East Compound (inclusive drawing of the tunnel’s construction)
– The Delousing Party Escape from the North Compound
– The Great Escape from the North Compound (inclusive drawing of the tunnel’s construction)
– The Forced March (the evacuation of Stalag Luft 3)
– Stalag VII A “Moosburg”; the camp where the American p.o.w.’s of Stalag Luft 3 were liberated
– Stalag Luft 3 then and now (what now remains)
I am looking forward to being able to read the book as it sounds extremely interesting indeed and I gather that my dad’s name will be included. Although I have my father’s verbal account of the camp it is always good to have images to back up the written word so that the inner eye can more easily visualise the people and conditions there.
If there are any who are interested in purchasing the book please let me know and I’ll pass on the details to him… he’d be more than happy to explain everything to prospective purchasers.