The Great Escape - the Real Story

January 18, 2024

In 2024 we mark the 80th anniversary of the most infamous prisoner breakout from Nazi Germany. The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III was immortalised by the 1963 Hollywood blockbuster; but what really happened?

Our speaker is Joanna Bristow-Watkins, whose father, Squadron Leader Alec Bristow, was a Mosquito pilot who was shot down and incarcerated in the notorious Stalag. He kept a diary as a POW, from which Joanna has drawn her fascinating talk.

What was it really like for an RAF Officer in the camp? How challenging was the planning and construction of the famous Tom, Dick and Harry tunnels? What actually took place on the night of 24th March 1944? And what were the after-effects of this bold affront to the Nazi Regime?

This event will be in person in the Clubhouse and broadcast on Livestream

The Members' Bar will be open from 6pm and hot food will be available.

Plan your visit


18th January 2024, 7.30pm - 9:00pm


Event Sold Out

Getting Here

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN

For evening talks, please use the Campbell Gate (signposted Campbell Gate) on Brooklands Road using the above postcode. Do not follow brown signs to the museum. Parking is free.


Stepped access to the Napier-Room

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To book your tickets click the book links in the ticket information block or email

Livestream bookings will be sent the web link in advance of the talk.