The Great Escapes: The Boldest Prison Escapes

Great prison escapes are the stuff of legend. They’ve been fictionalized and chronicled in movies for as long as we can remember, and today’s audience is hungry for the wildest, most daring stories that can be found.

Most of the time, prison dramas that involve escapes are fictionalized, but there are tons of real-life stories out there that are legitimately stranger than fiction. Here are some of the world’s boldest and most daring prison escapes.

Stalag Luft III POW Camp (The Great Escape)

Stalag Luft III was a prisoner of war camp first established by German military forces in 1942 to house Allied soldiers captured during the Second World War. The camp was built on sandy soil specifically so prisoners could not tunnel out, but in 1943, there was a massive prison escape organized by three British officers, who proposed to get up to 200 men out by digging three massive tunnels that they nicknamed Tom, Dick, and Harry.

After years of work and massive efforts on the parts of hundreds of men, 76 men crawled to freedom on March 25, 1944. The 77th man was spotted crawling out of the tunnel, and he surrendered. 50 of the 76 men to escape were shot, and most of the rest were returned to the Stalag Luft camp or sent to another concentration camp. Three men successfully escaped alive.