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Escape from Stalag Luft III: The Memoir of Jens Muller

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Jens Müller was one of only three men who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in March 1944—the break that later became the basis for the famous film The Great Escape.

Müller was no. 43 of the 76 prisoners of war who managed to escape from the camp (now in Zagan, Poland). Together with Per Bergsland he stowed away on a ship to Gothenburg. The escapees sought out the British consulate and were flown from Stockholm to Scotland. From there they were sent by train to London and shortly afterwards to "Little Norway" in Canada.

Müller's book about his wartime experiences was first published in Norwegian in 1946, titled Tre kom tilbake (Three Came Back). This translation will correct the impression—set by the film and Charles Bronson—that the men who escaped successfully were American and Australian.

In a vivid, informative memoir Müller details what life in the camp was like, how the escapes were planned and executed, and the story of his personal breakout and success reaching the RAF Leuchars base in Scotland.

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