From Chris Brous, 3AD 1941-45
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POW Escape Kit
supplied to many 3AD troops


A waterproof, canvas bag (bottom of page), measuring only 5x6 inches, held three basic items that could be essential to any escape-minded POW.

  • Hacksaw blade (in paper sheath, not shown) measuring 4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.
  • Miniature compass (brass casing) measuring 5/8th's inch in diameter by 1/4 inch thick.
  • Double-sided map of the Western Europe mainland measuring 27 inches by 27 inches when completely unfolded. This waterproof, synthetic-cloth map showed remarkable detail and could be folded to little more than pocket-handkerchief size.

This is the original kit from the gear of 23rd Engineer Capt. Chris Brous, who reports that, during his three weeks of captivity as a POW in France, his German captors never noticed or never paid any attention to this harmless looking bag.

Above: 5x6 inch waterproof canvas bag.
Items are not shown to true scale, but are close.

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