HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 c244W
Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information in connection with the 17 Germans who tried to escape from an internment camp in the South of England; and what kind of tools were used to effect their escape?

Sir V. Warrender

A tunnel was being made from below the floor of a hut with 14 occupants, the tools being some pieces of board roughly shaped to an edge. Progress appears to have been at the rate of about six feet a night, and there were still many yards remaining to be excavated when the work was discovered.