Season 31, Episode 17 Great Escape

First Aired: November 16, 2004

“Great Escape” follows archaeologists---and original escapees---as they retrace the daring World War II POW escape dramatized in the 1963 Steve McQueen movie. The team searches for the 300-ft. tunnel (one of three) that the Germans never found at Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Poland, which housed captured Allied airmen. Supplementing the recollections are re-creations of the March 1944 escape and the 11 months of tunneling that preceded it. “If you're claustrophobic,” says American Davy Jones, “you're in deep trouble.”

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