Escape Lines News Updates

What’s New

  1. General Round-up
  2. A Family Pilgrimage
  3. What Happened to The POW Camps in Britain
  4. Latest Book Reviews


If any of the events listed on our calendar are of interest to you then please  do get in touch for more information.


We have a section specifically for schools (under Young ELMS) and will be continuing to develop that section this year and we have produced a school’s pack (created by teachers) which is free of charge.  Just contact us for your copy.


If you have any items, photos or articles which you think may be of interest then please do contact us using the contact form available on the main menu.

The Escape Lines Forum

We have received recently several enquiries from individuals seeking information about either WW2 contacts that involved their relatives, or decorations and awards that their relatives might have received.  Although we do hold a significant quantity of archive material there are often occasions when we can provide little in the way of help.  We do have a Forum, where visitors can post queries which can broadcast their question to a much wider audience.  To post on the forum you do need to register, but this is free and does not require any further commitment.  We promise not to bombard you with surveys or marketing materials!  The forum is available through the link on the main menu bar at the top of this page.  We look forward to having you join us.

Photograph Album

The is a considerable collection of photos covering many of the events and occasions attended by ELMS members.  Please click on this ELMS link

A Family Pilgrimage

To read the story of  what a family discovered about their father’s time as a POW, and then as a partisan in Italy during WW2, have a look here.

What Happened to the POW Camps in Britain  (With thanks to The BBC)

We spend much of our time talking about POW camps in occupied Europe but did you know that there were more than 1500 POW camps constructed in the UK during WW2.  These camps housed more than 500,000 mainly Italian and German POWs who were brought to Britain  during World War Two. They spent the remainder of the war in commandeered stately homes, old Army barracks or hastily thrown together huddles of huts, often built by the prisoners themselves. But what happened to the 1,500 POW camps they called home?   Eden Camp was Camp 83!  Many ex-servicemen will also have memories (fond or otherwise) of Camp 21 at Cultybraggan!   Have a look at this interesting article

Latest Book Reviews

This selection of books includes stories of women in Ravensbruck concentration camp; what happened to those servicemen left behind after Dunkirk; a tale of a member of a Special Forces unit in Burma;  Frank Dell’s story of his escape following the shooting down of his Mosquito aircraft over Germany; a story of Jews determined to get to Israel after the end of  the war and two books about SOE,  the first an account of their activities in Italy and the second an examination of what happened to the  SOE  Prosper network in occupied France.  For a short review of each one have a look here

And we have a new addition to our Young ELMS book reviews, Run, Spy, Run by Craig Simpson.  Have a look at the Young ELMS section to see a short review

Upcoming Events

  1. Chemin de la Liberte

    July 9 @ 8:00 am - July 12 @ 5:00 pm
  2. ELMS Family Day, NMA

    August 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  3. Comete Trail September 2015

    September 11 @ 8:00 am - September 13 @ 5:00 pm