About Colditz - The Legend

In Colditz - The Legend, surviving soldiers who risked it all to escape Germany's Colditz Castle prisoner of war camp tell the story of how they achieved the impossible

Colditz escape route

Between 30 and 36 men broke free from Oflag IV-C prison at Colditz Castle

Colditz Castle was the prisoner of war camp no-one was meant to escape from – but escape they did. This exciting and moving new documentary takes a fresh look at the legend, hearing from both Colditz survivors and their families.

The escapes are ingenious, brave, exciting and even poignant, but it’s the touching memories of daily life, letters from home, secretly-brewed hooch and staving off the boredom which reveal what it was really like to have been locked up inside the notorious castle.

Airey Neave escaped Colditz and became the first POW to make it home to Britain

Airey Neave escaped Colditz and became the first POW to make it home to Britain

Colditz – The Legend tells the exciting stories of some of most daring escapes from Oflag IV C, including the first British home run by Airey Neave and the incredible “Naked Escape” which saw Pat Reid (on whose story the Colditz series was based) finally make it back to Blighty.

The documentary gets first hand insight of day-to-day life inside the camp from Colditz veterans Corran Purdon, Micky Burn and Peter Parker, as well as hearing from the relatives of Pat Reid, Airey Neave, Peter Storie-Pugh, Dougie Moir and Jock Hamilton-Baillie, who share their memories, photographs and memorabilia.