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One Tunnel from the Great Escape in Poland

One of history’s most notable clandestine acts is the “Great Escape” from the Nazi prison camp, Stalug Luft III.  Six hundred airmen imprisoned within the camp collaborated to build three massive tunnels, each carving an escape route 30 feet underground. They discreetly started the tunnels in a bathroom drain, underneath a stove, and in a dark corner of a hallway. They grew them to the point where they had installed air pumps, electrical lighting, and rail cars, which were needed to remove an estimated 200 tons of soil. Despite suspicions that something major was going on, the Nazis never caught the prisoners constructing the tunnels.

Clandestine (klan-DES-tin)

Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.


From Latin adverb form of celare, meaning “to hide”, and possibly intestinus, meaning “internal”. Celare is also the root of cell, ceiling, conceal, and occult.


undercover, cloak-and-dagger, surreptitious


Wikipedia: Stalug Luft III

5 Comments on “Clandestine”

  1. 1 Kay Theodoratus said at 5:28 pm on February 14th, 2010:

    Looking at all the paper around my office, I wonder where they put the dirt.

  2. 2 Brad said at 7:40 pm on February 14th, 2010:

    That is actually really interesting what they did. They made all of these pouches which they scooped the dirt into and sowed to the inside of their clothes. They then put little holes in the pouches and walked around the encampment so that it scattered evenly everywhere. Sounds crazy, but I guess it worked.

  3. 3 Kay Theodoratus said at 9:51 pm on February 14th, 2010:

    Neat. Or, not so neat. Actually, when you mentioned the bag-bit, I seem to remember this from somewhere else but here.

  4. 4 Yu said at 1:29 am on July 31st, 2010:

    thats nuts. a ventilating system, electrical lights, rail cars and the nazis never caught them? I wonder what they were thinking..

  5. 5 Nasif said at 8:52 pm on July 31st, 2010:

    I think the Nazis were busy with girls :p

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