A Great Escape to be Remembered

“All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality – the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.”

-Walter Bagehot

A world at war is filled with fear and terror. It is a battle of life and death, victory and defeat, freedom and captivity. If one chooses to face war, one must be very brave to play with the dice of fate, without knowing how the odds will turn out.

Soldiers are brave heroes who can still find faith, hope, and love even in the battle field. It’s amazing that even without knowing what awaits them at the end of the battle, they still value the things that most of us take for granted, like friendship, faith in life, and love for the country.

Who can ever forget the 1963 film The Great Escape? The Great Escape is a story of friendship, of faith for life, and of love for the country. This story of two soldiers and best friends who tunneled their way to escape will always be an inspiration.

These two soldiers bravely led a mass breakout to free themselves and their fellow soldiers from being imprisoned by the Germans. Instead of accepting their fate of being POWs, they kept fighting by holding on to the things that they had and believed in.

Most of us give up easily whenever challenges come our way. We tend to lose hope and willingly accept that it’s the end of the tunnel for us. But these brave soldiers believed differently. They believed that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and true enough, they were able to dig their way out and escape the terror of war.

The film was made to forever relive the true-to-life story of Willy and Rusty, Austrian soldiers and best friends, who led the mass escape from the infamous German POW camp Stalag Luft 111. Because of their strong friendship and faith, they outwitted the Germans and freed themselves from being prisoners of war.

Did the film rise to the occasion of showing the events as they happened? To find out, watch this video about The Real Great Escape. We will hear the story straight from the family of these departed soldiers and find out how they both fought for their freedom from being prisoners of war.