80yrs since THE GREAT ESCAPE so Tunnelled OUT the Garden!!

colinfurze
24 Mar 202411:03

Summary

TLDRIn celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Great Escape, the narrator visits Sea Tunnel Dave to explore his DIY tunnel project, inspired by the iconic World War II event. Dave's tunnel, complete with a shipping container, spiral staircase, and innovative hoverboard-powered cart system, is a testament to creativity and engineering. The pair attempt a mock escape, digging through challenging soil and overcoming humorous obstacles, ultimately breaking through to the surface. The experience underscores the ingenuity and perseverance of the original Great Escape tunnelers.

Takeaways

  • ๐Ÿก The video involves DIY tunneling projects, with the speaker having experience in digging tunnels from their house and workshop.
  • ๐Ÿ”จ The 80th anniversary of 'The Great Escape' is being celebrated by้šง้“Dave (Tunnel Dave), who has a unique tunneling project inspired by the event.
  • ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ Tunnel Dave's project features a shipping container buried in his garden, accessible via a spiral staircase built inside a well.
  • ๐Ÿ’จ A windscreen wiper powered air pump is used to pump air through the tunnel, ensuring a supply of fresh air.
  • ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ The tunnel includes a cart system that works off a kid's hoverboard, showcasing creative problem-solving.
  • ๐ŸŒณ The process of digging up to the surface is highlighted as more challenging than digging down or across due to soil collapse.
  • ๐ŸŽ‰ The video documents a temporary escape to the surface in honor of the Great Escape anniversary, despite ongoing tunnel construction.
  • ๐Ÿ‘€ The speaker experiences a humorous moment when they accidentally defecate in Tunnel Dave's house, leaving an impression on their host.
  • ๐Ÿšช The escape involves pushing through the turf and emerging onto the lawn, with the video capturing the excitement and effort of the process.
  • ๐Ÿงณ The speaker's suitcase causes a comedic issue during the escape, highlighting the challenges of navigating tight spaces with belongings.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ The video ends with a reflection on the historical efforts of the boys in 1944, emphasizing the ingenuity and determination of their escape attempts.

Q & A

  • What is the main topic of the video transcript?

    -The main topic of the video transcript is DIY tunneling, specifically focusing on two individuals' projects inspired by the Great Escape, with one of them being Tunnel Dave's.

  • What are the different types of tunnels mentioned in the transcript?

    -The transcript mentions tunnels dug from a house, a workshop, and a large underground bunker in a back garden, as well as Tunnel Dave's project involving a shipping container buried in a garden accessed by a spiral staircase inside a well.

  • What is the significance of the 80th anniversary mentioned in the transcript?

    -The 80th anniversary mentioned in the transcript is in reference to the Great Escape, a famous event during World War II where Allied prisoners of war dug tunnels to escape from a German POW camp.

  • What unique feature does Tunnel Dave's tunnel have?

    -Tunnel Dave's tunnel has a windscreen wiper powered air pump for pumping air through the tunnel and a cart system that works off a kid's hoverboard.

  • What was the goal of the tunneling project during the Great Escape anniversary?

    -The goal during the Great Escape anniversary was to dig up to the surface, creating a temporary vent as a tribute to the original escape, rather than digging across to another location.

  • What challenges did the individuals face while digging up to the surface?

    -Digging up to the surface presented challenges such as the dirt falling on their heads and the difficulty of digging upwards compared to digging down or across.

  • What was the humorous incident that occurred during the escape?

    -The humorous incident was when one of the individuals had to admit that he had an accident and defecated in Tunnel Dave's house, leaving the bathroom window open to air it out.

  • How did the individuals celebrate their escape?

    -They celebrated their escape by dressing in civilian clothes, carrying suitcases, and pretending to break out of the tunnel, mimicking the scenes from the Great Escape film.

  • What was the final outcome of the escape attempt in the video?

    -The final outcome was successful, with both individuals managing to push through the turf and escape to the surface, despite some comedic difficulties with suitcases and the tight fit of the tunnel.

  • What can be inferred about the individuals' feelings towards the original Great Escape?

    -The individuals show a great deal of respect and admiration for the efforts and ingenuity of those involved in the original Great Escape, recognizing the challenges they faced and the resourcefulness they displayed.

  • What is the narrator's next project in relation to tunneling?

    -The narrator's next project is a smaller, ongoing tunneling endeavor that will be featured on his channel once completed, although the specifics are not detailed in the transcript.

Outlines

00:00

๐Ÿก DIY Tunneling Adventures

The speaker shares their passion for DIY tunneling, having dug tunnels from their house and workshop, and even an underground bunker in their back garden. They visit 'Tunnel Dave', who is inspired by the 80th anniversary of 'The Great Escape' to dig his own tunnel. Dave's project involves a shipping container buried in his garden, accessed by a spiral staircase inside a well. The tunnel features a windscreen wiper-powered air pump and a cart system working off a kid's hoverboard. The speaker and Dave attempt to break out of the tunnel, celebrating the Great Escape anniversary by digging up to the surface.

05:02

๐Ÿšช The Great Escape Reenactment

The speaker and Dave face challenges as they dig up to the surface, with the task proving harder than digging down or across due to soil collapse. Despite the difficulties, they persevere, with Dave eventually breaking through the turf. However, they find themselves 20 feet short of the house. The speaker also humorously recounts a mishap where they accidentally defecated in Dave's house. The reenactment ends with both of them successfully 'escaping' from the tunnel, dressed in civilian clothes with suitcases, despite some comedic struggles.

10:03

๐ŸŽ‰ Reflecting on the Effort and Next Steps

After the escape, the speaker reflects on the immense effort the boys in 'The Great Escape' put into their tunneling with limited resources. The speaker appreciates the experience and encourages viewers to check out 'Tunnel Dave's' progress on his channel. They also tease their own ongoing project, promising to share it on their channel once completed. The video ends with a light-hearted moment where the speaker goes to find a tennis ball, highlighting the fun and adventurous spirit of the whole experience.

Mindmap

Keywords

๐Ÿ’กDIY tunneling

DIY tunneling refers to the process of digging tunnels as a do-it-yourself project, often for recreational or creative purposes. In the video, the host discusses his experience with DIY tunneling, including digging tunnels from his house and workshop, and even constructing an underground bunker in his back garden.

๐Ÿ’กTunnel Dave

Tunnel Dave is a character in the video who is also engaged in tunneling, inspired by the film 'The Great Escape.' His project involves a shipping container buried in his garden, accessible via a spiral staircase built inside a well.

๐Ÿ’กGreat Escape

The Great Escape is a reference to the 1963 epic war film based on the real-life event of the mass escape of Commonwealth prisoners of war from the German POW camp Stalag Luft III. In the video, both the host and Tunnel Dave's tunnel projects are inspired by this film, aiming to recreate the spirit of the original escape.

๐Ÿ’กWindscreen wiper powered air pump

A windscreen wiper powered air pump is a creative mechanism used in the video to pump air through the tunnel. It is an example of repurposing everyday items for the unique challenge of tunneling, showcasing innovation and resourcefulness.

๐Ÿ’กHoverboard cart system

The hoverboard cart system is an inventive transportation method used within the tunnel, which utilizes a kid's hoverboard. This system demonstrates the application of technology and imagination in DIY projects, making the process more efficient and fun.

๐Ÿ’กDamp and mold

Damp and mold are common issues in underground spaces, especially when there is access to water through a well, as in Tunnel Dave's project. These issues can affect the structural integrity and livability of the tunnel or bunker, requiring careful management and mitigation.

๐Ÿ’กBreaking out

Breaking out refers to the act of escaping from a confined space, which is the ultimate goal of the tunneling projects in the video. It symbolizes freedom and the culmination of hard work and determination.

๐Ÿ’กClaustrophobia

Claustrophobia is the fear of being in confined spaces, which can be a significant concern for individuals participating in activities like tunneling. The video acknowledges this by apologizing to those who are claustrophobic, indicating the tight and narrow conditions of the tunnels.

๐Ÿ’กTurf

Turf refers to the layer of grass and soil that covers the ground, which is a crucial element in the tunneling process as it is the final barrier to be breached during an escape. In the video, breaking through the turf symbolizes reaching the surface and completing the escape.

๐Ÿ’กEditing

Editing in the context of the video refers to the post-production process of assembling and refining the footage to create a seamless and engaging narrative. The host mentions the power of editing to make the escape look smooth and successful, despite the challenges encountered.

๐Ÿ’กSecret garage

The secret garage is a location mentioned in the video where the host has another project ongoing. It suggests a place of creativity and experimentation, likely related to the host's various DIY endeavors.

Highlights

The narrator has extensive experience in DIY tunneling, having dug tunnels from his house and workshop, and even a large underground bunker in his back garden.

The 80th anniversary of the Great Escape inspired the narrator and Tunnel Dave to attempt their own breakouts, paying homage to the historical event.

Tunnel Dave's project involves a shipping container buried in his garden, accessed by a spiral staircase built inside a well, reflecting the Great Escape's iconic tunnel design.

A windscreen wiper powered air pump is used to pump air through the tunnel, ensuring a breathable environment during their DIY tunneling adventure.

The tunnel features a unique cart system that operates using a child's hoverboard, showcasing creative problem-solving in DIY projects.

The narrator and Tunnel Dave attempted to break out of the tunnel, simulating the Great Escape, but encountered challenges such as digging upwards being harder than digging down or across.

During the escape attempt, the narrator humorously admits to making a rookie mistake by having an unfortunate incident in Dave's house, adding a touch of humor to the story.

The escape involved pushing through several tons of dirt, with the narrator describing the difficulty of digging upwards as the dirt falls on your head.

Upon reaching the surface, the participants celebrated their successful escape, highlighting the sense of achievement and freedom.

The narrator's escape was not as smooth as Dave's, with his larger suitcase causing a comical struggle, adding to the narrative's entertainment value.

The narrator reflects on the efforts of the boys from the 1944 Great Escape, appreciating their resourcefulness and the challenges they faced with limited tools.

Tunnel Dave's ongoing project is mentioned, with an invitation for viewers to follow his progress on his YouTube channel.

The narrator teases an upcoming project involving getting out from the ground, promising to share it on his channel once completed.

The transcript concludes with a light-hearted moment where the narrator jokes about needing to find a tennis ball, adding a casual and relatable touch to the end of the story.

Transcripts

00:00

when it comes to DIY tunneling I'm

00:02

writing the book on it I've dug him from

00:04

my house I've dug them from my workshop

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and I've dug a massive underground

00:08

bunker in the back Garden but it's not

00:10

just me at it tunnel Dave is digging his

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own Great Escape style tunnel and with

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it being the 80th anniversary that the

00:16

boys got out I decided to go and see him

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and we're going to break out ourselves

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oh if only it was that

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[Music]

00:28

simple

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[Music]

00:40

so I'm off to Sea tunnel Dave now his

00:42

project is a lot different to mine he's

00:44

got a shipping container buried in his

00:45

garden as you can see and it's accessed

00:47

by a spiral staircase which has been

00:49

built inside a

00:54

well now this project is inspired by The

00:57

Great Escape so it's a tunnel that you

00:58

crawl down not walk down but in true

01:01

Great Escape sty we've got a windscreen

01:03

wiper powerered air pump to pump air

01:05

through the tunnel and then we've got

01:07

this fantastic cart system which

01:09

actually works off a kid's hoverboard

01:11

that is a genius

01:13

move you having to go Colin oh yes one

01:16

for

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you here

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too I love

01:28

you and here we are

01:30

internal Dave's

01:33

tunnel obviously different to mine but

01:35

it's just as cool even Tom had a go on

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the car but his experience was different

01:41

W even move yank it he

01:47

go all right all right Tom I'm coming

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back

01:54

you what are you

01:58

doing

02:06

I'm

02:07

back so after talking to Dave with 50%

02:10

of my underwear on show tunneling is

02:12

tunneling now Dave's ground is a lot

02:14

easier and a lot softer to dig than mine

02:16

but obviously having access via well

02:18

means water is never that far away and

02:20

which means damp and mold can be a bit

02:22

more of an issue now the grand plan is

02:24

to tunnel from the bunker near the well

02:26

across to a new basement he's going to

02:28

build behind his house but is not

02:30

tunneling across at the moment No so at

02:32

the minute he's digging up to the

02:35

surface cuz it's the Great Escape

02:36

anniversary I think next week or the

02:38

80th anniversary so he's kind of to

02:40

celebrate that he's digging up to the

02:42

surface making like a little temperary

02:43

vent thing but uh as he's found out

02:47

digging up is a lot harder than digging

02:49

down or across cuz it all falls on your

02:51

head so digging up to the surface

02:53

breaking out great escape style sign me

02:58

up

03:01

so on the way back to see Dave oh I've

03:03

made a rookie mistake I stopped off and

03:05

got myself an Indian Keanan on the way

03:07

give your a little bit of bad guts when

03:09

I got there oh ohal Dave I've done a poo

03:14

in your house and it probably smells but

03:16

it don't matter I've left the bathroom

03:18

window

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[Music]

03:21

open I like to make good first

03:23

impressions literally only the second

03:25

time you've met this guy Colin come on

03:27

SO to make our escape and get to the

03:28

surface we've got to go through about 6

03:30

to 8T of dirt and as I know digging up

03:33

is so much more harder it all drops in

03:36

your face you you kind of need to do it

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without looking what you're doing you

03:40

just got to keep going Dave making a

03:42

fine job of this we can smell freedom

03:44

people we can see the roots of the grass

03:47

above

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[Music]

03:51

us very nearly there now oh yeah look at

03:53

that that's definitely Roe you didn't

03:55

think you'd see the lawn from underneath

03:58

got take a drill through we can see

04:00

where we

04:03

are oh that F God

04:08

yeah we're through and then just like in

04:11

the film Dave got some grass down that's

04:13

it we've got grass now we got grass it's

04:17

time to

04:19

escape with the search light scanning we

04:21

were ready to escape we had our civilian

04:24

clothes on we had our suitcases come on

04:26

boys let's

04:28

go

04:35

first off Dave squeezed up and pushed

04:37

his Spade through the

04:43

surface they then pushed up broke the

04:45

turf broke the surface and had a good

04:47

luck round and then of course he

04:49

realized we were 20 foot short of his

04:50

house but we knew

04:54

that I've got you suitcas right it's all

04:57

clear up there are you been up yeah

04:59

quick mark they

05:01

are we're escaping Dave then pushed his

05:05

suitcase through and escaped to the

05:07

safety of his own

05:09

[Applause]

05:10

[Music]

05:15

[Applause]

05:18

[Music]

05:26

garden Dave was out it was now my turn

05:29

come first grade Escape here we

05:35

go got me arm think the case is too big

05:39

my case is too big this totally sums up

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my Great

05:44

Escape go

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get right come on

05:50

suitcase get out of the way you're in

05:52

the own

05:56

waye

05:58

oh

06:00

here we go there we

06:03

[Laughter]

06:07

go now I apologize to the claustrophobic

06:10

people this does look a lot worse on

06:12

camera but it still was a pretty tight

06:20

fit

06:23

um this

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[Music]

06:28

F

06:30

I'll try

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[Music]

06:34

[Laughter]

06:36

[Music]

06:40

again you might have to go us the

06:42

Germans to go push it back down

06:50

again the Germans have come I can't use

06:53

that kind so my Escape wasn't going too

06:56

well back in 1944 I'm not sure I could

06:58

have asked the German for helping

07:00

getting my suitcase out yeah wait a

07:01

minute I'm I'm going to go back down out

07:03

the way that's is good go on then

07:07

John what's ger for

07:10

John he

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John

07:17

case welcome to the tunneling side of

07:21

YouTube Dave so happy is escape back in

07:26

come to rescue College come to rescue

07:28

let's go for it bre

07:30

head

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W oh

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[Music]

07:44

that's right that that go You thing if I

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give it a good

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shove

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on

08:01

[Applause]

08:09

that's got to be close get the

08:11

feeling that they didn't make this much

08:14

noise in 1944 right you ready I don't

08:18

think they asked the Germans for help

08:19

neither did they get their suitcases

08:26

out I will take this kitchen sink

08:33

I'm going to need a shower when I get

08:34

home and then with one final piece of

08:37

turf removed it was ready for the final

08:39

push here we go

08:48

stqueen it was through at

08:51

last where's the oh You' got the spay

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didn't you so with yet more help for my

08:55

German friend I could finally

08:58

Escape

09:02

[Music]

09:07

[Applause]

09:14

we're out and now with the power of

09:16

editing I will make it look like a

09:17

seamless

09:26

[Music]

09:28

exercise

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[Music]

09:32

where is the

09:49

ging here we

09:58

go

10:02

oh what a laugh that was thank you very

10:05

much Tel day for inviting me on that

10:07

that was absolutely fantastic really

10:08

puts into perspective as well the amount

10:10

of effort that the boys went to in 1944

10:13

to get out of that camp and just support

10:14

their tunnel with just bits of bed slats

10:16

and whatever they could find around the

10:18

camp absolutely amazing now I've linked

10:20

tunnel Dave's channel in the description

10:22

so you can go and check his tunnel

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progress out and his project that's

10:25

ongoing of course I'm just doing a

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little project of the minute just to get

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out out from getting out from the ground

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getting out the ground the ground so

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that will be uploaded on this channel as

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soon as it's finished stay tuned for

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that subscribe and then of course I'm

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back on the secret garage boom

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everything is good people see you in the

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next

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one come find a tennis ball I've

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literally got

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this that's very

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[Music]

10:58

poor

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