Colditz (1972): S01E11 – Court Martial


Colditz is a British television drama series co-produced by the BBC and Universal Studios and screened between 1972 and 1974.


The unwelcome arrival of Dr. Starb, an upright Wehrmacht Major who is intent on enforcing prisoner discipline at all costs, shakes up the camp. Despite counsel to the contrary from the Kommandant, Dr. Starb insists on enforcing the old German military rule that prisoners must salute German officers. Following disrespect from Carter, he acquires a grudge for the young Flight Lieutenant, who cooks up a scheme to get himself court-martialled so that he can escape in transit. True to form, Starb court martials him and accompanied by Phil Carrington (who is desperate to escape), they head to Leipzig for the trial. While Baumann, an aged German lawyer, prepares Carter’s case, the two plot their escape. This takes place in September 1941, as they mention the Germans have reached Leningrad.

Colditz Series

You can find a full index and overview of Colditz here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 28 December 1972.
  • Rating: 12.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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