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 (stä′läg′, stăl′ăg′)
A German prisoner of war camp for officers and enlisted personnel.

[German, short for Stammlager, base camp : Stamm, base, stem (from Middle High German stam, from Old High German; see stā- in Indo-European roots) + Lager, camp, bed (from Middle High German leger, from Old High German legar, bed, lair; see lager).]
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(ˈstælæɡ; German ˈʃtalak)
(Historical Terms) a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War II, esp for noncommissioned officers and other ranks
[short for Stammlager base camp, from Stamm base (related to stem1) + Lager camp]
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(ˈstæl əg, ˈstɑ lɑg)

a German military camp in World War II for prisoners of war.
[1940–45; < German, short for Sta(mm)lag(er)=Stamm cadre, main body + Lager camp]
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1944: The breakout of prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III by 76 inmates began.
Byline: JOHN INGHAM at Stalag Luft III in Zagan, Poland
The true story of the Great Escape began in 1942 when Stalag Luft III was constructed in eastern Germany - now Poland - as an escape-proof camp for rebellious prisoners-of-war who'd tried breakouts before from other camps.
RAF Flight Lieutenant Viv Phillips helped to build that tunnel and documented life in Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp, near Sagan, Poland, in his wartime log.
On the moonless night of March 24, 1944, 76 allied aircrew got away from Stalag Luft III prison camp wearing civilian clothes or German uniforms and carrying forged papers.
The blockbuster told the true story of the October, 1943, daring escape from Stalag Luft III, when prisoners used a gymnastic vaulting horse to mask their tunnel's entrance.
1944 - In an event dramatised in movie The Great Escape, 76 Allied prisoners of war begin breaking out of German camp Stalag Luft III.
1944: The breakout of prisoner or war camp Stalag Luft III by 76 inmates began.
We will visit Berlin, Potsdam (where Churchill, Truman and Stalin signed the Potsdam Agreement), Stalag Luft III of The Great Escape film fame (camp and museum), Dresden, Colditz Castle, Weimar and Buchenwald.
Rosalind Johnson's dad, former Clydebank footballer Bill Johnson, was held in the notorious Stalag Luft III, which featured in legendary war film The Great Escape.