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Links to other interesting Colditz sites.
The following Websites contain much more information about Colditz Castle and its history:
Gavin Worrell's page - a great site by a knowledgeable guy. This site also contains details about Colditz expeditions organised by Gavin; the pictures and videos on this site were taken on one of these trips. Highly recommended.
Colditz Castle Oflag 4C - an excellent photographic virtual tour of the Castle, with pictures taken in 1998, I think.
A Virtual Tour by Jens Mahlmann - great pictures of the Castle and town, with text in both English and German. A little dated now, but still good.
Colditz Appreciation Society - this site is the homepage of the famous 'Stockport Six', who escaped from Colditz in April 2007. You can susbscribe to their excellent newsletter there - a must for all Colditz afficionados.
This is the article written by Sunday Times reporter Stephen Bleach about the escape of the 'Stockport Six', in which he also took part.
Daily Mirror article on Colditz Castle by reporter Paul Byrne.
Mike Kemble's site listing escape attempts. Well worth a visit.
Two superb collections of pictures by Don Bruce, here and here - photos, maps, contemporary and modern , drawings: this is a real treasure trove of pictures for the Colditz enthusiast.
Pegasus Archive photo gallery. Follow the links 'Camps - Oflag - Oflag IVc - Pictures' and then take your pick.
Fantastic Colditz page by Mario Bosch, a veteran Colditz visitor, who has some well-said comments about the restoration project. Also includes a very nice photo section - look here.
Another collection of pictures, this time by someone who took a lot of photos apparently while there on holiday. These appear to have been taken before the buildings in the outer courtyard were demolished.
Yet another collection of travel pictures taken in Colditz. This site and the previous one show the Castle at different stages in its restoration.
More holiday pictures, apparently from about April 2007, by a Czech tourist.
Pictures, that appear to have been taken during the refurbishment of the inner courtyard, not long after the 'seam' buildings were demolished.
Wikimedia Commons site giving quite a few nice pictures of the Castle, as well as the German names of some of the buidings, as used in my Website.
The Wikipedia article on Colditz as Oflag IVc
Nova Online have some excellent descriptions of Colditz escapes here, and another page here giving a short resume of some of the writings of Hauptmann Eggers, probably the longest-serving officer on the German staff in the War.
An article on the history of the Castle from Answers.com.
An article on the Castle as Oflag 4C, also from Answers.com.
Here is a link to an online quiz-based escape game. The more Colditz questions you can answer, the further your escape attempt gets. Frivolous but fun.
A Website detailing all the episodes of the BBC TV series 'Colditz'. SPOILER WARNING! Contains plot details!
A site describing two people's trip to Colditz, including some interesting comments about the lack of interest shown by the locals. Also contains a link to a full book list. This is in fact the precursor to Gavin Worrell's existing site, given at the top of this list.
Colditz Town's official Website [in German]. There is a button that you can press on the site if you require an English version.
Colditz Castle's official Website - this is the English translation of the page. Gives Castle opening times and prices of tours.
A BBC article on Colditz - although the picture purporting to be the Castle a third of the way down the page is not Colditz Castle!
Another BBC article on Colditz Castle and its restoration.
An interesting site about building the replica Colditz Glider.
A webcam site showing a live view of Colditz.
An interesting article at the Oxford University Press, discussing why Colditz is so famous. This article is also linked to from my page on this site 'Why is Colditz so famous?'. In order to be able to read the document, you will require the 'Adobe Reader' program to be present on your computer. This program is on most modern computers; if it is not on yours then it can be downloaded and installed free of charge from Adobe's website.
A site about Podelwitz Castle, which survived the post-war period along with Colditz Castle, because it was used as an orphans' home, while Colditz was a hospital. This is mentioned on my page The current situation. The Podelwitz site is in German. Podelwitz also houses a magnificent wartime museum along with much Colditz memorabilia.
The Second World War was fought, amongst other reasons, to perserve our British way of life, and to prevent our country from being taken over by the Nazi thought police. Today, the relentless spread of the phenomenon known as Political Correctness threatens our way of life in a far more insidious way than masses of Panzers, stormtroopers and Heinkels, but will be just as effective if it's allowed to continue unabated.
For this reason, I include here a link to one of the main groups opposing this plague on our society. Click the logo below for more information.
Links to obituaries of Colditz veterans.
While this website is designed primarily to show what Colditz looks like today, it is only fitting that I include what obituaries I can find that relate to the veterans of Colditz.
Links to many obituaries of Colditz veterans, last updated April 2005.
A transcript of a speech given by Margaret Thatcher at Airey Neave's memorial service. Neave was the first British officer to make a home-run from Colditz.
Flight Lieutenant 'Bill' Goldfinch, in the Daily Telegraph, Liverpool Daily Post.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jimmy Yule, in the Independent.
Captain Kenneth Lockwood: Tribute, Liverpool Daily Post, The Times.
Brigadier Grismond Davies-Scourfield in The Times.
Lieutenant 'Peter' Allan, The Times - although he died in Jan 2003, not Jan 2002 as stated in the article. An example of the mistake we all make at the start of a new year, perhaps?
Major Tony Rolt at The Times and the Daily Telegraph.
Lt. General Alain LeRay at The Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post. LeRay was the first officer to escape successfully from Colditz, and until his death was the last surviving home runner.
Lt.-Col Douggie Moir in the Daily Telegraph.
Should visitors to this site have any other links not displayed here, that they feel I should have, then these would be gratefully received! Please contact me if this is the case.
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