In January, the Germans had discovered a tunnel that French
officers were digging beneath the chapel, storing the removed earth in an
attic. The Germans set the prisoners to carrying the dirt out of the attic and
placing it in a cart for removal to the town dump. One day, as one of these
carts rumbled down the main street of Colditz Town, a French officer suddenly
came up spitting and choking from beneath the heap of dirt: Lieut. H.