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To climb a mountain Felice Benuzzi, Dr. Giovanni Balletto, and Vincenzo Barsotti were all Italian POWs captured in Africa. They were interned in British POW Camp 354 within sight of Mount Kenya. Life was very easy, security was lax; they were deep in British controlled territory. The POWs were able to come and go as they pleased and even do some gardening. ...


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Get to the end of the book I've also read this book. Towards the end of the war the German guards were ordered to kill all of the remaining prisoners in Stalag Luft III, and presumably the same orders were given to guards in other camps. In Stalag Luft III they declined to do that - to what extent fear of reprisals, principle, and anger towards their country'...


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Duty, Boredom, Chance of Success Why would a service member escape? A prisoner in a POW camp is, almost by definition, being kept by his/her captor as cheaply as possibly without actually being killed. A POW camp might have hundreds or even thousands of prisoners with a relative handful of guards. The more the POWs attempt even unsuccessful escapes, the ...


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As noted (paywalled) the majority of POW could not escape, and many did not try to for various reasons including those in the original question and the simple fact that if several thousand POW try to escape at once people die. The key part is that some did want to escape, and got movies made about them (there were 10,000 people in Stalag Luft III, and only ...


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