Event team / Attraction News
Posted on April 28, 2017 at 11:15
For 2017, we’re so pleased to welcome back the WW2 in colour group,
with their unique Great Escape POW experience.
This is an almost unparalleled opportunity to experience what it would have been like to have been an Allied serviceman in one of the many Prisoner of War camps across Europe in World War 2. This is an opportunity to gain an insight into the life, fears and the desperate need of those POW’s to escape to home and safety.
It’s rare to find an educational experience that is interactive, where you can be the prisoner (please be aware, it does involve some physical tasks).
Many TV programmes and films portray the camps based around activities of the officers and conditions for normal enlisted men were not always as good.
One of the most enduring myths about is that the PoWs had a duty to escape. Indeed, the myth is so persistent that even some former prisoners maintain they had an obligation to break out of their camps. The short answer is that there was none. When they were shot down, allied airmen were indeed expected to avoid being captured, but once they were in the hands of the enemy, there was no formal expectation that they should try to escape. Instead, as one former PoW has said: “There was a kind of corporate policy of intent that it was part of our duty to play a part in escape arrangements.”
In other words, the duty to escape was an expectation of how airmen should behave – rather like the expectation that they should be brave as there was nothing in the King’s Regulations that stipulated that the men had to escape. That being said, many tried and some succeeded. Captured men often would be returned to their camp or moved to a camp considered more secure, but it was not unknown for escapees to be shot against the regulations in the Geneva Convention of 1929.