Official Colditz photographers archive for sale

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The 'Don Perreiras Ragtime band' in Colditz. Despite its fearsome reputation concerts were seen by the Germans as a healthy way of alleviating the boredom and plotting escape's.<br />
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A remarkable archive of photos which provide a glimpse inside the infamous Colditz Castle has come to light.<br />
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The photos show the ingenuity of the Allied POWs who devised ever-bolder ways to escape from the German stronghold during World War Two.<br />
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One image is of a dummy they would hold up to trick the German guards into believing the escaper was still with them during parade head counts. Others reveal the tunnels which were dug using tools smuggled into the 11th century castle in care parcels.<br />
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The photos were taken by the official Colditz photographer Johannes Lange, who was employed by the German Army to take pictures of failed Allied escape attempts. They were then distributed to other POW camps to alert the guards to the methods the inmates were using in their bids for freedom.<br />
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The archive is being sold by a private collector with auctioneer Warwick & Warwick, with an estimate of £1,750.