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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 10:23 p.m. PST

"Everyone loves a great escape. In the civilian world even the nastiest criminal gets our grudging respect for busting out. And prisoners of war, enemies as well as allies, are doubly admired for seeking freedom. After all, it's their job: To escape is part of the devotion to duty that got them captured in the first place.

A true warrior never gives up, seeing imprisonment as a challenge that can drive him to seemingly impossible achievementsólike those described in the following escape accounts.

Some escapes have become legendary despite being failures. The renowned World War II "Great Escape" from Stalag Luft III, immortalized in the eponymous 1963 film, actually resulted in the brutal execution of 50 of the 76 escapees, 73 of whom were recaptured. Other famous "escapes" turn out to be fiction. Some may wonder why we have ignored the 4,000-mile Gulag-escapee trek across Siberia, the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas immortalized in the book The Long Walk (1955) and the recent film The Way Back (2010). Why did we? Because contemporary research suggests it never happened…"
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