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A general view of the huts and compound at Stalag Luft III.
Unearthed - The most comprehensive account yet of life inside the notorious prisoner of war camp made famous by the Great Escape has been revealed in a government report which has finally been published after 74 years.
The document includes first hand accounts by the 26 men who took part in the epic escape and were recaptured but not executed by the Germans.
The information was in a 250-page report prepared for the War Office in the aftermath of the Second World War but never released to the general public.
Instead, it was hidden away in the national archives before historian Martin Mace stumbled upon it by chance while researching another project.
Now, 74 years after the Great Escape, the report has been published in a new book, 'Stalag Luft III, An Official History of the 'Great Escape' PoW Camp', which analyses in unprecedented detail what went on in the camp and the logistics behind the daring escapes.