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Reid was mobilised for active duty on 24 August 1939, and served in the 2nd Infantry Division, receiving promotion to Temporary Captain on 1 December 1939. On 27 May 1940, while serving as a member of the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle of France, [2] he was captured by the Germans near Cassel. [4] He was sent to Laufen castle, Bavaria, designated Oflag VII-C, arriving there on 5 June 1940. [2] Henry Chancellor, Colditz: The Definitive History: The Untold Story of World War II's Great Escapes London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2001. As Alex Ross's story graphically reveals, the inmates were not "all in it together", as we might have imagined. Even behind bars, Macintyre reveals a class snobbery and a hierarchy. There was even a branch of the elite Oxford University Bullingdon dining club. Reid finally took his own chance to escape on the night of 14/15 October 1942, along with Major Ronald Littledale, Lieutenant Commander William L. Stephens RNVR, and Flight Lieutenant Howard Wardle RAF. They cut through the bars on a window in the prisoners' kitchen, and climbed out onto the flat roof of the German kitchen. They then crossed the brightly lit outer yard, and avoided being seen by a guard. They entered a storage cellar under the Kommandantur (Commandant's HQ), crawled out through a narrow air shaft leading to the dry moat, and exited through the park.

Colditz in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony ( Digitales Historisches Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen) When glamorous US war correspondent Lee Carson arrived with the troops, Bader offered her an exclusive interview, disappeared in a jeep bound for Paris and arrived in the UK two days later to a hero's welcome.IWM (January 2006). "recording [Colditz Society/Dominic Bruce]". IWM Collections Search . Retrieved 15 April 2013.

Reinhold Eggers, Colditz: The German Story Translated and edited by Howard Gee. London: Robert Hale, 1961. again (pictured, below right) and out. The tunnel broke through on the tiergarten side of the castle, but it was discovered before it could be used. After the war Reid was a diplomat and administrator before eventually returning to his prewar career in civil engineering. He also wrote about his experiences in two best-selling books, which became the basis of a film, TV series and board game. Prisoner of War: The Inside Story of the POW from the Ancient World to Colditz and After, with Maurice Michael (1983)Christian Führer (1943–2014), priest in Colditz from 1968 to 1980, an initiator of the peaceful revolution in the GDR as pastor of the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig

Karl Höffkes German film archive Newsreel from a private archive: Two minutes of film of the castle and prisoners starts at timestamp 10:14:37

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Then there was Julius Green, a tubby Jewish dentist from Glasgow who spent his incarceration fantasising about food while sending and receiving coded letters from the British intelligence services. "Bader and Reid had none of his modesty and bravery and self-irony," says Macintyre.

Reid served in the British embassy at Ankara, Turkey, as First Secretary (Commercial) from 1946 until 1949, then as Chief Administrator for the Organization for European Economic Cooperation in Paris, France, until 1952. [2]Wing Commander Marsh ( Michael Bryant), an assistant to the British Medical Officer, decides to use his extensive knowledge of mental illness for an escape. He proposes to "go insane" and be repatriated. Colonel Preston agrees to let him, so long as he follows through with it to the bitter end. Marsh does a very thorough job: his bizarre, disruptive behaviour continually annoys the other allied officers, who are mostly unaware of the scheme. However, the Germans are not convinced, and Ulmann asks a Corporal to observe Marsh closely. The Corporal has a brother who is insane, so Ulmann believes he is a better judge of Marsh's condition than any doctor. The Kommandant initially refuses to allow the Swiss authority to examine Marsh but relents when Marsh's evident madness embarrasses him in front of an important visitor. By the time the Germans are willing to consider repatriation, Marsh has done such a convincing job that even the Doctor is uncertain whether or not Marsh is simply pretending to be insane. After Marsh has been successfully repatriated to the UK, Colonel Preston receives a letter from Marsh's wife, revealing her husband's feigned psychosis has become genuine, and that he has been committed to a mental hospital for long-term care, with little hope of recovery. Colonel Preston immediately forbids any further escape attempts along the same lines. Mazumdar eventually became a GP in Somerset and married an Englishwoman. He rarely spoke of his wartime experiences but recorded his experiences on microcassettes around 10 years before his death, which Macintyre used as research material. Escape from Colditz: The Two Classic Escape Stories: The Colditz Story, and Men of Colditz in One Volume (Lippincott, 1953) [15] Kommandant ( Michael Sheard) – Kommandant of Oflag VII-C. Oberst ( Colonel) Reichtleig an archetypal German officer, who does all he can to intimidate the newly arrived British prisoners; pointing out the futility of any attempts to escape. [7]

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