Programme

1015-1050 Coffee in Officers’ Mess
1100-1200 Presentation
1200-1245 Drinks in the Officers’ Mess
1245-1430 Lunch
By 1500 Guests depart

This lecture will recount the story of MI9’s secret WWII escape and evasion mapping programme and reveal a story of amazing inspiration and ingenuity in a country at war. During World War Two, a complex and daring operation was launched by MI9, a newly formed branch of the British intelligence services, to help Servicemen evade capture and to assist those who were captured in escaping from prisoner of war (POW) camps across Europe.

Ingenious methods were employed to deliver escape and evasion aids to prisoners and intricate codes were developed to communicate with the camps, which made many escapes possible. Maps, printed on silk and other fabric, were an integral part of this operation, commonly secreted in innocent-looking items being sent to the camps such as playing cards, board games and gramophone records.

For more information or to buy tickets please see contact below.
Brigadier Peter Walker OBE
Tel: 01635 204433
Email: peter.walker205@mod.gov.uk

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