The Colditz Cock

In World War II Colditz castle was used to intern the more ‘incorrigible’ prisoners; high-ranking officers, war heroes and multiple escapees. The Nazis believed the castle to be escape proof, though in effect what they actually managed to create was a crack team of Allied escapees. Indeed the ‘escape proof’ prison had one of the most successful break out rates. One particularly audacious plan involved building a glider to be launched from an empty castle tower. When the Allies stormed the prison in a neglected tower they found what is known as the Colditz Cock.

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  1. aand , as the chicken fluttered out of the castle… The POWs grabbed hold of the tail feathers and made their bid for freedom. Of course, one or 2 POWs didnt quite make it at the end, and had to serve roast chicken to the Gestapo.

    This story seems to be lacking…

    But its nice nonetheless.

  2. Several years ago, some documentarians found the prisoners’ plans for the plane and built it exactly as specified, using only materials that were available to the prisoners. It flew just fine.

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