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Pictured: Major Oswald Cary-Elwes, left, with Corporal Eric Mills. <br />
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The first Great Train robbery...<br />
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Daring SAS officers commandeered a train and drove it 50 miles behind enemy lines before orchestrating a major prison break during World War Two, it has been revealed.<br />
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British and French commandos stormed Chiatona railway station at the 'boot' of Italy and seized the locomotive after landing at Taranto in September 1943. They drove it deep into Nazi-occupied territory to Pisticci PoW camp, where hundreds of prisoners, including Jewish civilians, were being kept in inhumane conditions.<br />
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Once they reached the destination, soldiers burst out of the train and ambushed the unsuspecting camp guards, enabling 180 prisoners to escape. The freed prisoners crammed into the train which sped back towards liberated territory with the Germans in hot pursuit.