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
  5. Fundraising and Donations


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


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.

Upcoming Events

  1. ELMS Family Day, NMA

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

    September 11 @ 8:00 am - September 13 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Comete Reunion Weekend

    October 16 @ 8:00 am - October 18 @ 5:00 pm
  4. Tenna Valley Freedom Trail

    May 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - May 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am