Rees-Hughes, L, Pringle, JK, Russill, N and Wisniewski, KD (2017) Multidisciplinary Investigations at P.O.W. Camp 198, Bridgend, S. Wales: Site of a Mass Escape in March 1945. Journal of Conflict Archaeology. ISSN 1574-0773

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The largest escape of German Prisoner of War (P.O.W.) in WW2 was in March 1945 from Camp 198, situated in Bridgend, South Wales, UK. Since camp closure the site has become derelict, and has not been scientifically investigated. This paper reports on the search to locate the P.O.W. escape tunnel that was dug from Hut 9. This hut remains in remarkable condition, with numerous P.O.W. graffiti still present. Also preserved is a prisoner-constructed false wall in a shower room behind which excavated material was hidden, though the tunnel entrance itself has been concreted over. Near-surface geophysics and ground-based LiDAR were used to locate the tunnel. Mid-frequency GPR surveys were judged optimal, with magnetometry least useful due to the above-ground metal objects. Archaeological excavations discovered the intact tunnel and bed-board shoring. With Allied P.O.W. escape camp attempts well documented, this investigation provides valuable insight into German escape efforts.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Conflict Archaeology on [date of publication], available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: geophysics; Prisoner-of-War; archaeology; World War II, Escape; German; South Wales
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)

Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 13:27
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 11:52

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