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A True Story of the Great Escape: A young Australian POW in the most audacious breakout of WWII by [Williams, Louise]
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Shot down in 1942, young Australian fighter pilot John Williams DFC became a POW in the notorious Stalag Luft III camp in Germany. John had joined the air force shortly before the outbreak of war and, in the larrikin tradition, led his squadron into air combat over the deserts of Libya and Egypt dressed in sandals and shorts.

John and his best mate Rusty Kierath were among the 76 POWs who tunnelled their way out of the supposedly escape-proof camp under the noses of their German guards in what later became the Hollywood blockbuster, The Great Escape. Their families never learned what really happened once the pair made it out into the forest.

John's niece Louise Williams has pieced together his life, from his upbringing in a tight-knit family hit hard by the Depression, to his exploits in the air, and the many missing details of the tragic escape. It is a powerful and intimate story of one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II.

'A riveting tale, superbly told' - Peter FitzSimons, author and journalist

'A brilliant achievement. Louise Williams reminds us that the story of the Great Escape should not be owned by Hollywood, but rather by the families of those who made the greatest sacrifice.' - Guy Walters, author of The Real Great Escape

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4344 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (26 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XTOB4O0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Excellent narrative of a relatively unknown aspect of the famous 'Great Escape'. Particularly enjoyed the snapshot of Australian history, and how this young man's life shaped the role he played in the escape. Necessary reading for anyone with an interest in Australian or World War II history.
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Well written and a good insight to the real story
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Wonderfully written and as an Australian, all the references ring true.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A very misleading title. 18 May 2017
By Peter N. James - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a detailed account of life as a POW in WWII and escape from Stalag Luft III, then this is not the book to read.
I bought this book expecting exactly that, as the title suggests, a vivid and detailed account of escape from Stalag Left III.
However, you need to read two hundred pages to get to the point John Williams becomes a POW and even then, there is relatively little about his escape.
It is, as others have explained, a life story of a young Australian, who surfed at Manly in Sydney, Australia., became a fighter pilot and was shot down and became a POW. That is the majority of the book.
However, the story is not told chronologically, as my last sentence suggests.
It is told as three stories, childhood, flying careered POW, jumping from one to the other almost on the same page, and what I found most irritating was each separate part was told in a different tense, including the dreadful use to the trendy present continuous’.
If you want to read about the escape from Stalag Luft III, try reading the story as written by another Australian Pilot who was actually there. Paul Brickhill..
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book as it is nice to see that ... 13 May 2017
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book as it is nice to see that somebody has researched the details of what actually took place and has written about the history of of some of the individuals involved. It is also nice to learn that the memorial has been built so that they will be remembered.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this story of the Great Escape 14 November 2015
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I really enjoyed this story of the Great Escape, it's told from inside the family on one of the main characters of the escape, so give an entirely authentic view of events and lots of new insights from family letters etc. I would recommend it to both regular fans of war stories and people who usually don't read military books because it is so accessible
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 August 2016
By richard hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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A sad but inspiring story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 7 November 2015
By Barry G Vesper - Published on Amazon.com
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I found it hard to get interested in this book. My wife thought it was very good