Captivating tales from local POWs (Ireland)

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Featuring stories of great escapes and survival against the odds, a new exhibition dedicated to servicemen who were taken prisoner during the two world wars opens on Monday at the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards.

The museum has collected a selection of personal stories from veterans from Northern Ireland, describing their experiences in prison camps in Germany and the Far East.

Also on display is a large-scale model of the notorious Colditz Castle, the place where troublesome Allied officers who had escaped from other prisons were held.

The curators have also recreated a version of the famous "wooden horse" escape tunnel, which helped three British POWs break free from the Stalag Luft III camp in 1943.

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