|Map of The Park - E H Larive|
|Dutch Naval Group - Larive is back row extreme left. Steinmetz is 2nd right middle row - E H Larive|
At least the Dutchmen had some detailed awareness of German strategies and what to expect 'post escape'. Larive also had specific knowledge of the border area around Singen. Following his arrest during an earlier escape attempt, information was openly divulged to him by a Gestapo officer at area headquarters on the edge of the village. Although disclosure took place before Larive’s identity was fully known, it is debatable whether that would have made any difference. The Gestapo officer had struck up a strange rapport and his complacency seemed comfortable in the knowledge that he was in a position of total superiority, the war would soon be over and this kind of information was academic.
|Leisnig Rail Station today - opencaching.de|
There were no checks, which was unexpected, as they did not have the advantage of earlier Dutch escapers Lieutenant Dufour and Captain Smit whose absence was not discovered until two days after they broke out of Colditz. Larive and Steinmetz sat quietly in the carriage, each man occupied with his own thoughts. Travel on the faster routes had been their preferred choice, despite the increased risk of checks on identity and travel papers.
|Dresden Rail Station - wikipedia|
|Dresden Rail Station - antikfalkensee.de|
|Nurnberg Rail Station in 1941 - thirdreichruins.com|
The train arrived at
Next Week - Part Two
Colditz The Full Story - Major Pat Reid MBE MC (Highly recommended read)
Colditz The German Viewpoint Reinhold Eggers (Highly recommended read)
The Man Who Came in From Colditz - E H Larive
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