WWII Prisoner Escapes Through Toilet
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WWII Prisoner Escapes Through Toilet

August 20, 2019

The date is March, 1943, and in a prisoner
of war camp inside occupied Poland, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot William Ash approaches
the camp’s toilet facilities. A single POW leans against the latrine’s doorway,
casually keeping watch on the rest of the camp. The POW nods at Ash as he approaches and allows
him to enter the small, squat latrine. Inside are two rows of toilets, built in the
classic Roman style- nine boxed-in seats ring the sides of the room and consist of nothing
more than concrete boxes with no dividers between them. The wooden seats lead down to a large concrete
pit underneath where hundreds of prisoners relieve themselves into every day. A small hole leads to a huge sewage pit which
is drained every week into the waiting truck of a local farmer who uses the camp’s waste
to fertilize his fields. As Ash enters the building he spots two men
seated at the far seats, who return his nod of greeting. One of them stands and lifts the seat he was
just sitting on, revealing a hole in the concrete that is just barely large enough for a man
to squeeze through. The stench of human waste wafts up from below,
powerful enough to make the men’s eyes tear up as they fight the urge to vomit, yet powering
through the horrid assault on their nostrils, the men climb down into the hole one by one. As they land a few inches of waste water splash
urine and feces all over the men, but they ignore it as they turn their attention to
the task at hand. The men remove a panel that’s been made to
look like a false wall and reveal a small chamber beyond which has been carved from
the frozen soil itself. Using candles made of boot strings and margarine
held in a tin dish, the men join three others who are already waiting there and strip down
to their underwear. One man sits at a bellows made of old leather
kit bags, and as he works it he pushes air through a pipe made of old cans into the tunnel
which the crew has been digging for weeks now. Two men now move down into that tunnel while
the remainder stay behind to handle the soil that the diggers displace in their dig. The entire crew is split up into shifts, with
some men taking turns digging while others man the bellows, dispose of the dirt, or stands
watch above. Disposal of the dirt is accomplished by pushing
the dirt through the sump directly under the toilets above and into the huge sewage pit
beyond. Once a week Polish farmer Franciszek Lewandowski
arrives at the camp and pumps the sewage out for use on his farm, yet Lewandowski has begun
to notice more and more dirt in the waste water. Before he has a chance to complain to the
Nazi guards though another prisoner, Josef Bryks, a young Czechoslovakian, informs Lewandowski
of the escape plan. The Polish farmer is no fan of the Nazis,
especially after their invasion and occupation of his home, and keeps the plan a secret,
doing his part to aid the would-be escapees by dutifully carting away the soil. As the digging team finishes its work for
the day, the third team enters the tunnel and begins the job of shoring up the tunnel
walls and ceiling. The tunneling work, carried out with nothing
more than cut-out aluminum cans, is dangerous work, and the tunnel is under constant threat
of collapse. Each day that the tunnel extends further and
deeper the men require just a little bit more courage to enter the dark tunnel, not knowing
if that’s the day the tunnel will collapse and trap them with little to no hope of rescue. It is the job of the third team then to enter
and shore up the sides and ceiling as best they can, using wooden boards taken from their
barracks and even their bed frames themselves. The boards make for a rudimentary shoring,
but help add a bit of safety to the entire endeavor. As they shore up the freshly dug length of
tunnel, the men also extend the air pipe which brings in oxygen to the tunneling crew. They use powdered milk cans for the job, cutting
them so that they fit end to end. The air they pump is from the latrine itself,
and fetid with the stench of human waste- but it brings life-saving oxygen as the men
dig deeper and further into the earth. To expedite the process of digging, the men
have developed an ingenious system to move freshly dug earth to the latrine sump for
disposal. Two lengths of rope extend down the tunnel,
and at one end is an empty sack. The diggers fill the sack with dirt and then
give the rope a sharp tug, which causes the man at the halfway point to begin hauling
on the rope to bring the dirt out of the tunnel. Once it reaches the midway point, that man
attaches it to the second rope who’s end he has with him, and then gives that rope a sharp
tug. The men at the entrance then drag the sack
from the halfway point all the way to the entrance of the tunnel, where the dirt is
emptied into the latrine sump. The system is rudimentary, and nowhere near
as sophisticated as the homemade railroad tracks and trolleys that the men at the Stalag
Luft 3 prison complex would use to escape and serve as inspiration for the film, The
Great Escape. Yet the process saves countless hours of labor
as it takes a half hour to squeeze down the two foot by two foot tunnel each day. In early March of 1943, the team digging at
the end of the tunnel begin to dig directly upwards. By their calculations they have dug several
hundred feet past the perimeter fencing, a task which required them to not just dig out
from their starting point, but down into the rocky soil to a depth of over a dozen feet
in order to avoid the seismic sensors that the Germans have installed to detect digging. Once well out of the fence, the tunnel begins
to angle upwards again and now the men are digging straight up. One of them takes a long stick and pushes
it into the ceiling above, feeling resistance for two feet before the stick gives way to
the topside- the tunnel is finished, and to avoid detection the last two feet of the tunnel
will be dug up on the day of their escape. Now the men prepare for their breakout. While the dig teams were working for weeks
on the tunnel, Brysk, the young Czech, has been helping secure fake papers for the escapees. To do this he managed to talk his way into
being part of a detail that is taken every week under guard to a produce store in town. There the prisoner detail buys a few luxuries
for the POWs such as chocolates, cigarettes, and the sort- they pay for this from the meager
wages paid to them by the German government under its obligations to pay POWs for their
labor via the Geneva Convention. At the store a young Polish girl, Stefania
Maludzinska, works behind the counter, and it isn’t long before she’s swooning at Bryks’
charms. She has been helping to smuggle letters to
Bryks’ family members for months, but now the escapees need her help in far more dangerous
work. Stefania has friends who work at town hall,
and she has them steal official German forms that will serve as a template for the forged
identity papers needed by the escapees. The identity papers will ID the escapees as
Polish citizens after their escape, allowing them to bypass security checkpoints and hide
their identities as POWs. Yet for the papers to look legitimate there
is one more thing that is needed: a photograph of each of the escapees to adorn their fake
papers. To get these photographs, Stefania takes the
biggest risk of her life and helps secure a small camera and film from a Polish laborer
who used to be a teacher before the German invasion. Now he is forced to do hard labor and work
rebuilding the same roads the Germans themselves bombed in the invasion, and helping the prisoners
escape will be his small measure of revenge against the Nazis. The camera and the film is smuggled into the
camp via a seventeen year old boy who routinely brings in a shipment of the prisoner’s daily
allowance of bread, all hidden safely amongst the loafs. After the prisoners take their photos the
film is then smuggled out through the same young teenage boy, who develops the photos
himself in a makeshift photo lab inside his parents’ tiny apartment. All of these brave Polish civilians assisting
the escapees are taking huge risks, and discovery of their involvement would certainly lead
to a quick execution. The date for the breakout is set to be March
5th, as those amongst the prisoners with meteorological knowledge estimate that this will be the next
moonless night. In order to have the best chance of escape,
the men must move under the cover of deepest darkness, and with no moon in the sky they
stand a good chance of being unseen by the perimeter sentries. The men decide that immediately after the
five pm roll call, a group of them will head straight to the tunnel and wall themselves
in, until after lock-up at nine pm when the rest of the group will sneak out of their
bunks and make their way into the tunnel. A mathematician amongst them calculates that
the tunnel will be able to support up to thirty three men for six hours before the oxygen
runs out and the men asphyxiate- the figures and the math both are rough, but it’s the
best the men have to go on. At five PM on March 5th, the guards line up
the POWs and conduct their daily count. Satisfied that all men are accounted for,
they are left alone for recreation time. Eight hundred men move to the recreation ground
where a rugby match has been staged in order to help cover the escape attempt. The men plotting their escape conceal clean
clothes under coats, their pockets stuffed with a concoction termed “the mixture”,
a high energy food made by the prisoners. In each of their pockets are also their identification
papers, a map of the region, and a homemade compass. Overhead gray clouds build up and cold gusts
of wind force the German guards to seek what shelter they can inside their guard towers. The men head to the latrine in pairs, and
once inside ditch their overcoats and make their way into the filth below. As the night goes on the men are relieved
to discover that the calculations for oxygen supply were correct, and at last nine pm rolls
around along with the final group to enter the escape tunnel. The men break through the last two feet of
dirt at the end of the tunnel and crawl out into freedom, grateful to leave the smelly,
stinking tunnel behind at last. The men break up into groups and head in different
directions so as not to draw attention to themselves, posing as travelers. Unfortunately within the end of the week,
all thirty six escapees would be recaptured by the Germans, with many sent off to new
prison camps. Though the escape ultimately failed, it proved
to be one of the most daring and smelliest escapes of World War II, inspiring many heroic
attempts by other Allied soldiers throughout the rest of the conflict. Think you could’ve stomached digging through
a giant sewer to get to safety? Let us know in the comments! And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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  • Reply The Infographics Show August 5, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    What kind of contraband are you usually smuggling to your room? ?

  • Reply Jayden Gacha August 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm


  • Reply Oscar Correa August 16, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Lewandoski is a soccer player

  • Reply Luis Garcia August 17, 2019 at 1:26 am

    This reminds me of rim of the world on Netflix when the white and Asian girl go into the waste ?

  • Reply Rannoobed August 17, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Roblox prison life logic

  • Reply Anthony Hollo August 17, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Old Minecraft noise!!!!

  • Reply Thunder 05 August 17, 2019 at 2:14 am

    6:24 o o f

  • Reply картофельный салат August 17, 2019 at 2:26 am

    6:32 steve?

  • Reply cris is awesome August 17, 2019 at 2:40 am

    1943: there will be flying cars in the future
    2019: world war 27

  • Reply Underlying District August 17, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Why tho? He was escape the police with the chancla

  • Reply Williham YT August 17, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Lewandowski sounds familiar……..Robert Lewandowski!

  • Reply IkMan August 17, 2019 at 6:48 am

    i think i'd rather be gassed or incinerated than that

  • Reply FoolishGamer August 17, 2019 at 7:44 am

    i was about to bulid a farm here

  • Reply De puta August 17, 2019 at 8:15 am

    my man really used steve as a sound

  • Reply [Kazui] Kanz August 17, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I sneak in my own house even though there isn’t anyone, yet I get caught.

  • Reply Loaf. August 17, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Y y

  • Reply Aaron Dakota August 17, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I pooped 5 times today ohhh boy it sure striked my fancy

  • Reply Game Guy August 17, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Lewandowski and he’s polish umm there is a football player called that

  • Reply Fighter Wars August 17, 2019 at 1:56 pm


  • Reply Nsuj Gaming August 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Wait a minute. If that's a sewer? Would that be filled with methane gas?

  • Reply Wolf Pack August 17, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Dang this plan is so hecking ilaberate

  • Reply yoda August 17, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    “Why is he taking so long?”

    “He probably flushes himself down the toilet…”

    L I T E R A L L Y

  • Reply fortnite isnt good August 17, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    this needs a movie

  • Reply fortnite isnt good August 17, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    6:24 thats a minecraft zombie grunt

  • Reply fortnite isnt good August 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    8:27 why is their a football field in a prisoner camp, also Europeans dont even play football

  • Reply Yeet Boi August 17, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Did anybody here the Minecraft oof

  • Reply Nugget August 17, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    6:24 insert minecraft damage sound

  • Reply Pewdiepie’s Chair August 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    6:23 someone hear a minecraft oof?

  • Reply Potato August 17, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    How Mineshafts Were Made In Minecraft

  • Reply Ian Knight August 17, 2019 at 8:29 pm



  • Reply BobsorVegana August 17, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    This how I find my way to the surface when I’m lost in a mine in minecraft

  • Reply IWUVPIZZA K August 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I didn't want to watch this but my brain forced me too

  • Reply Sonic Destruction August 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    … just

  • Reply Ella S August 17, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Title: WWII Prisoner Escapes From Narration

  • Reply 10BGaming August 17, 2019 at 10:33 pm


  • Reply Hdufidiwo A August 17, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    This should be the event of O, Brother! Where Art Thou? 2 theme.

  • Reply Plusgiant5 August 18, 2019 at 2:46 am

    6:24 MINECRAFT?!?!?!??!?!?!??????????!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply rjhwinner03 August 18, 2019 at 3:21 am

    6:24: I haven’t played Minecraft I a while, but isn’t that the health loss noise?

  • Reply Xilin SONG August 18, 2019 at 4:23 am

    6.23 Alpha Minecraft Hurt Sound

  • Reply James Weatherly August 18, 2019 at 7:20 am


  • Reply Nearchos Roumbas August 18, 2019 at 7:36 am

    6:24 minecraft hurt sound

  • Reply zach pizarro August 18, 2019 at 7:53 am

    i think i just heared an uhhh from minecraft

  • Reply Jaguar F-Type R coupe August 18, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Wonder if Robert lewandowski is related to the farmer

  • Reply Gumball Waterson August 18, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Prisoners: going straight down the toiler
    Me: Playing minecraft and digging straight then dying

  • Reply Attlee Nguyen August 18, 2019 at 10:13 am

    6:22 is a minecraft sfx
    listen closely

  • Reply Ambience and Lore For Sleep And Relaxation August 18, 2019 at 10:47 am

    How did they get this IPhone footage out of the camp?

  • Reply no to anime August 18, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Wierd that it only jas polish names so that explains that all the camps were at poland

  • Reply Alil Ramones August 18, 2019 at 11:40 am

    No way i will not go to that stinky toilet

  • Reply PshycoMagic August 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I was just watching sum minecraft memes and my hands slipped on this…. YOU CAN DO DIS IS MINECRAFT EEWAAAASSIEERR

  • Reply Cali August 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm


  • Reply TheBlackFox August 18, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    6:23 minecraft sound lol xDDDDD

  • Reply Llolipop studios August 18, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    6:24 hmmm yes this oof is made oof

  • Reply DC Pranks August 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    6:24 minecraft

  • Reply A11 August 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I heard Lewandowski mabye it's Robert Lewandoski's grandad

  • Reply Human_Guinea_ Pig_ August 18, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    They didn’t put two and two together and were recaptured. Obviously if the Germans were conducting a daily roll call and then suddenly overnight a large group escapes, they are going to be very weary of anyone passing thru the checkpoints in the next few days/weeks/months. Instead of using fake paperwork and trying to pass as Polish citizens, they should have ran to the countryside or for the mountains lol

  • Reply Ena Delibasic August 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm


    Medium: ??????????????????????????????????????????

    Hard: ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☂️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️

    Extreme: ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    SUPER EXTREME: ??????????????????????????????⛏???????????????.


    ӏíƙҽ íƒ վօմ ƒօմղժ ɑӏӏ!

  • Reply Ena Delibasic August 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm


    Medium: ??????????????????????????????????????????

    Hard: ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☂️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️

    Extreme: ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    SUPER EXTREME: ??????????????????????????????⛏???????????????.


    ӏíƙҽ íƒ վօմ ƒօմղժ ɑӏӏ!

  • Reply Gamon G Shep August 18, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    6:24 Minecraft Oof

  • Reply XxImmortal HoovyxX August 18, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    6:24 roblox death sound

  • Reply TritonLord77 August 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    6:24 nice minecraft oof

  • Reply General Cj August 18, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    6:24. Ummmmm ???

  • Reply sloaneyboo August 18, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    This guy was one of them.

  • Reply 3sins3minutes August 18, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    This seems like a very complicated and extensive plan all for nothing

  • Reply Stefan Pigford August 18, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I'm gonna flush myself outta here

  • Reply ** Sophia ** August 19, 2019 at 2:03 am

    WWIII: Prisoners escape trough a soldier’s asshol-

  • Reply Fraze Spec August 19, 2019 at 2:18 am

    minecraft does not have toilets

  • Reply Markplan August 19, 2019 at 3:14 am


  • Reply Tecqnize August 19, 2019 at 3:26 am

    let me guess after they got re captured they got executed :

  • Reply tanya thorpe August 19, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Frick nazis

  • Reply Levin Fernbagh August 19, 2019 at 4:59 am

    At 1:24 tough

  • Reply AasubPlayz Z August 19, 2019 at 5:26 am

    These guys should’ve gone free for their IQ

  • Reply Boss Romos August 19, 2019 at 6:04 am

    The old Minecraft damage sound at 6:23 tho

  • Reply Doomotron August 19, 2019 at 9:49 am

    They must have been flushed after that.

  • Reply Usha Arbabi August 19, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Massive respect to Lewandowski for not dobbing. Sad to hear they got recaptured

  • Reply Furi- Phantom August 19, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Why did I watch this while eating

  • Reply Redolf Mino August 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm


  • Reply QueenofRoses August 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    That's so sad, all of that work for basically nothing

  • Reply AngryGamer - Agario ! August 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    The title sounds like the escape from the prison break show

  • Reply kimo the fun genius August 19, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    And you inspired many movies and TV shows to feature escaping out of toilets

  • Reply Please subscribe For no reason :P August 19, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    6:24 Minecraft “oof” sound

  • Reply Patrick the G August 19, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    They should’ve just thrown on a potion of invisibility

  • Reply DrTNT August 19, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 IQ Confirmed

  • Reply Original High Quality Name August 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    6:24 minecraft owwie

  • Reply Lee Maddison August 19, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    My father was a prisoner of war.

  • Reply Anonymous L. August 19, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    polish man: escapes through toilet
    florida man: u want alliance nibba

  • Reply Jay EDT August 19, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    9:35 that's the old minecraft damage sound

  • Reply Mathew Zacharia August 19, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    What a waste of time they didn't even escape

  • Reply Blake Blast August 19, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    This is all a bunch of (((Propaganda))). there is no way soldiers are so dumb to not inspect the bathrooms

  • Reply William Boyer August 19, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    5:24 Minecraft Death Sound

  • Reply RS1 August 20, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Mehh.. Sounds like my life.. Work hard and still fail in the end. ?

  • Reply Edgy bones August 20, 2019 at 1:15 am

    6:24 well it seems like someone smacked him in minecraft

  • Reply Protixxx Yeeterson August 20, 2019 at 2:19 am

    6:24 anyone notice the minecraft sound or am I just playing minecraft too much?

  • Reply stainthegemini August 20, 2019 at 2:45 am

    BRO THEY GOT CAUGHT????? NO!!!!!!

  • Reply ImInAWhiteBoxYT August 20, 2019 at 3:29 am


  • Reply iSkrillzz August 20, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Jesus these prisoners are smart af

  • Reply Cypheriest August 20, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Did anyone else hear the Minecraft damaged noise at 6:24

  • Reply Cadeelavscats - Gota & More August 20, 2019 at 8:27 am

    hold up
    is that the old minecraft sound when u get hurt??

  • Reply Aleksa Popovic August 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

    6:24 like if you heard old minecraft hurt sound

  • Reply Sash August 20, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Sgt Schultz played a major role in there escaped but upon investigation he told the officers that he knew "nossing" about that.

  • Reply Wildside DIY August 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

    1:25 The Prisoners and the Chamber of Secrets ??

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