“The Great Escape” by Richard Taylor

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“Everyone in this room is living on borrowed time. By rights we should all be dead! The only reason that God allowed us this extra ration of life is so we can make life hell for the Hun… three bloody deep, bloody long tunnels will be dug – Tom, Dick, and Harry. One will succeed!”

With those words the chief escape officer in Stalag Luft III, Squadron Leader Roger Bushell RAF, announced his plan for perhaps the most daring escape attempt of the war – the mass breakout of 200 men through the digging of three long tunnels (nicknamed Tom, Dick, and Harry), an audacious feat of tunnelling that would be long and dangerous.

Just after 22.00hrs on the night of 24/25 March 1944, the first escapee broke through to the surface – only to find it well short of the surrounding trees. The escapees would have to crawl to the cover of the trees under the noses of the patrolling sentries.

Richard Taylor’s masterful new piece captures the scene as POWs escape into the cool night air and realize, to their dawning horror, that their planned exit has fallen short of the woods.


Joining the artist, every print in this exclusive edition has been individually signed by the following veterans from Stalag Luft III who were involved in The Great Escape.


Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM “TEX” ASH

American Bill Ash volunteered for the RCAF, flying Spitfires and earned 3 victories before being shot down and becoming a POW. He took part in “The Great Escape” and later became involved in a dozen more escape attempts from camps through Europe.


Each print is in this FIVE signature edition is also signed by:

Squadron Leader DICK CHURCHILL

Number 63 out of the tunnel, he was recaptured.

Flight Lieutenant JACK LYON

Lyon was Stooge and was waiting as number 88 and ready to escape.

Wing Commander KEN REES

One of the team tunnel diggers, he was caught inside Harry after the escape was discovered.

Warrant Officer RON WADE

Contributed to the tunnel digging but was moved out before the escape.


With all the signatures of the Escapers’ Edition, the Tribute Proofs are conservation matted to include the additional ORIGINAL signatures of three famous officers who also took part in ‘The Great Escape’:


Bathropp was waiting in the tunnel when the escape was discovered

Squadron Leader “JIMMY” JAMES

Escaped number 39 out of the tunnel, but was recaptured some time later.


Was captured just as he emerged from the tunnel outside the perimeter

200 Limited Edition Prints US $110 / UK£ 75

76 Escape Edition Prints with FIVE signatures US $225 / UK£ 150

25 Tribute Proof Editions with SEVEN signatures US $345 / UK£ 225

Overall print size: 22” wide x 17” high

Acid Free Permanent Paper