Escape Lines Memorial Society – What’s New
- General Round-up
- A Family Pilgrimage
- Remember the film The Great Escape
- Latest Book Reviews
- Fundraising and Donations
- The Comete Trail 2013 – A Pictorial Record
If any of the events listed on our calendar are of interest to you then please do get in touch for more information. Full details of the Comete Line Reunion weekend in Brussels in October are now available. Please use the Learn More button on the photo above.
Escape Lines Material for Schools.
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.
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. 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.
Escape Lines 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
Comete Trail – A Pictorial Report
For an unusual but visually stunning report, by Marie- Christine Elgorriaga (Kattalin Aguirre’s grand-daughter) have a look here . The video lasts about 10 minutes
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.
Do You Remember the film The Great Escape
I am sure most of us remember the film, but I am also sure that most of us didn’t realise that the character played by Steve McQueen, Virgil Hilts the ‘Cooler King’ was in fact based on a real airman. Click on the photo to read the story behind the story!
And for a short article on one of the last two survivors of that event, Flt Lt Paul Royle who was recaptured about 20 kms from Stalag Luft 111. He died recently aged 101 and there is a short article on the RAF website. Click on this photo (Royle is back row, right)
(With Thanks to the RAF)
Latest Book Reviews
Our latest selection of books includes an in depth study of the Nazi Concentration Camp System, the personal story of an RAF Wireless Operator/Gunner’s wartime service, including his capture, incarceration in PG 70 in Italy, escape and eventual evacuation by sea, and finally a detailed examination of what really happened on Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6th 1944. For a short review of each one have a look here . We will also soon be reviewing a copy of Great Escapes, which tells the story of M.I.9’s escape and evasion programme. We will publish the review as soon as we receive a copy of the book.
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
We are grateful to The Alarm Monitoring Company Ltd for their recent generous donation
As a registered charity we are entirely dependant on the generosity of our members and others whose contributions enable us to fulfill our objectives. As the number of veterans we support slowly dwindles we are re-focusing our work on educating present and future generations about our particular part of this nation’s military history. We produce school packs which comply with the requirements of school curriculae, and we support students from countries where civilians provided help and assistance to escapers/evaders by bringing them to the UK to attend events. We also promote our trails, events where we can retrace the footsteps taken by our fathers and grandfathers, during which local historians deliver informal talks or more formal lectures about events in their particular area. To enable us to continue to do this we would be grateful for any support you might wish to give us. We have set up a donation link with BT MyDonate, which operates on a not for profit basis. If you would like to donate to our charity please go to Donate to ELMS, or if you would like to fund raise for us by participating in or staging an event then please contact us via our website.