The Great Escape

Project Details

Date
September 6, 2015
Client
Bridgend County Borough Council
Skills
Interpretive Panel

Project Description

The Great Escape

POW Camp 198 (Island Farm) was a Prisoner of War Camp in Bridgend, South Wales. It was built originally as a dormitory for female factory workers in 1938, it became a POW camp in 1944. The camp hosted a number of Axis prisoners, most of them German, and was the scene of the largest escape attempt by German POW’s in Britain during World War II when in March 1945, 86 prisoners escaped through a tunnel dug from Hut Nine (the only hut now left standing).

Photo credit: Alexander Jones
Jonathan Hurley Design, 37 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl, Bridgend CF36 3YS