Breakout P. O. W.

Breakout P. O. W. (1996) This documentary focuses exclusively on POW escapes. It begins with Captain Joshua Barney’s escape from Mill Prison in England during the Revolutionary War and moves on to the great escape during the Civil War led by Col. Thomas Rose of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of 110 Union officers from Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia, in 1863, with forty-eight officers actually arriving in Union lines. The documentary does not deal with American escapes during World War I, although some Americans actually escaped successfully from the German POW camp in Villingen in 1918. The film concludes with the famous British and Commonwealth Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan in March 1944, memorializing the fifty officers who were subsequently murdered by the Gestapo. Overall, this documentary shows how decisions to escape were arrived at and implemented in terms of endurance, courage, and man’s hunger for freedom.
Robert C. Doyle Franciscan University of Steubenville rcdoyle@sbsglobal.net

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