The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Real-life story of Scottish vicar whose fiery sermons inspired The Great Escape

Real-life story of Scottish vicar whose fiery sermons inspired The Great Escape

22.2.2020

Real-life story of Scottish vicar whose fiery sermons inspired The Great Escape

Rev Murdo Ewen Macdonald saw it as his Christian duty to try and escape - and said it was the saddest day of his life when 50 of his fellow prisoners of war were executed for their escape attempt

Now an academic says his “fiery” sermons in the camp motivated the breakout – even though his role in The Great Escape may not appear in the 1963 movie with Steve McQueen. Dr Linda Parker said: “As chaplain he’d have been able to speak to the troops in confidence, to motivate them with the story of his escape attempt.

After being captured he spent two and a half years in prison, mostly in the infamous Stalag Luft III, in Zagan, Poland. Years later he said: “To be a good minister one has to be tougher than a commando and a paratrooper. I know because I’ve been both.”

“It was cleverly conceived and lethally executed but The Great Escape was a massive disaster. Those 50 men spent a year engineering their own demise.”Airman Richard Churchill was one of 76 men who escaped Nazi prisoner of war camp, Stalag Luft III, by digging and crawling through tiny tunnels in 1944



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