Organisations and sites
with links to Escape & Evasion
There are many organisations dealing with subjects linked to escape and evasion in WW2.
The following sites may be good places to begin research, and we would be interested to receive further recommendations:
|>||Eden Camp WW2 Museum||Hosts the ELMS Annual Reunion and is the location of the ELMS Helper Memorial. There is an Escape Line display that has been contributed to by members of ELMS. The museum holds a large archive of Escape Line material.|
|Chemin de la Liberte||The Chemin de la Liberte Association host a Freedom Trail over the Pyrenees which is symbolic of the many routes that crossed the High Pyrenees during WW2. They have a museum and archives dedicated to the history of the routes, the helpers and the evaders.
Ligne Comete Line
|Comete Kinship is an organisation for members of Comete and their families. There are also associate members. Comete Kinship hold archive information on The Comete Line.|
Research Group Philippe Connart
|Authoritative and extensively researched site – tracing all aspects of the Comete Line historyhttp://www.evasioncomete.org/|
|Les Amis de Comete||Les Amis de Comete host the annual Comete Freedom Trail, in SW France, as a commemoration of the work of the Comete Line. The walk is attended by both veterans and walkers. http://www.comete-bidassoa.com/intro.htm|
|RAFES[Frank Haslam]||The site records the history and key events of the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society up until its closure. http://www.rafinfo.org.uk/rafescape/|
|Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society||Membership consists of the veteran escapers and evaders of the USAAF of WW2, their families and supporters. They hold archive information on the escapes and evasions of members and on various escape lines and helpers.
|Belgium Information[John Clinch]||A personal site specialising in information and research about escape, evasion and helpers in Belgium.
|Possum Escape Line[Fred Greyer]||A personal site specialising in information and research about The Possum Escape Line.
|National Ex-Prisoners of War Association||An association for ex-prisoners of war, which also holds archive details of WW2 POWs.http://www.prisonerofwar.org.uk/|
|The John Weidner Foundation||This organisation specialises in information about the Dutch-Paris escape line.
|WW2 Netherlands Escape Lines[Bruce Bolinger]||A specialist, personal site recording history and information about the Dutch escape lines.
|Monte San Martino Trust||The MSMT hold information about Italian escapers, evaders and helpers. http://www.msmtrust.org.uk/|
|Allied Special Forces||Special Forces information and archive – both WW2 operations and post WW2.
|Frankton Souvenir||Information about Operation Frankton and the annual trail commemorating the operation.
|Carpetbaggers Museum||Special Operations Museumhttp://www.harringtonmuseum.org.uk/CarpetbaggerMuseumHomePage.htm|
|Il Sentiero della Liberta||Information about the Italian Freedom Trail, and archive information of POWs in Italy.
|Coastal Forces Veterans Association
[15th Flotilla pages]
|Sea-based operations linked with actions of special forces and escape line networks.http://rn-coastalforcesveterans.com/|
|Christopher Long’s Site[WW2 Pages]||This site is vast – there is a section on WW2 that includes information about the Pat O’Leary Line and other escape lines.
|Yorkshire Air Museum||RAF Elvington – WW2 Bomber Station – Archive – Museumhttp://www.yorkshireairmuseum.co.uk/|
|Special Operations Executive Research[French Section -1940-1945]||SOE – French Section – Research [1940-1945]http://soe_french.tripod.com/|
|Biesbosch Museum Netherlands||History of the Biesbosch area where many WW2 evasions took place.www.biesboschmuseum.nl|
|ITR||International Tracing Service||Documentary evidence and records of the fates of victims of the concentration camp system and of Nazi persecution . Based in Bad Arolsen. Tracing service for families. Archives are available for research purposes.
|The Long March||Site detailing an RAF retrace of the Long March. Factual detail and reminiscences supplied by veterans accompanying the team.
|Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove||The site of the ‘Memorial Grove’ to the Special Forces at the National Memorial Arboretum – Alrewas – also covers Resistance groups and Partisan forces.http://www.memorialgrove.org.uk/|
|100th BGMichael Moores LeBlanc||100th Bomber Group research. Includes pages on escape and evasion.http://100thbg.com/|
|The Great Escape
[392 Bomber Group in POW research pgs]
|Interesting site – has comprehensive coverage of the Great Escape in the POW Research / Sagan / Great Escape pageshttp://www.b24.net/pow/stalag3.htm|
|Coastal Forces||Details of coastal operations linked to escape & evasionhttp://secondworldwar.org.uk/mgb.html|
|The Secret Navy||Details of sea operations linked to escape and evasionhttp://users.tpg.com.au/berniezz/Naval.htm|
|WW2 history – especially Rossano region of Tuscany. Italian escape trails – Rossano Trail.
|First Aid Nursing Yeomanry FANY||Women’s auxiliary service – support to the armed services – codists, signallers, administrative staff, agents – worked with SOE. Have archive material and research.www.fany.org.uk|
|The Second World War Experience Centre||A UK registered Charity which exists to collect and encourage access to the personal testimony of men and women who lived through the years of the Second World War and the promote the use of this material for education.
|How to Flee
Searching for the Dutch-Paris Escape Line
|Historian & researcher Megan Koreman provides updates on her extensive research on the Dutch-Paris Line for the Weidner Foundationdutchparisblog.com|