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The Cooler King The True Story of William Ash - The Greatest Escaper of World War II by Patrick (Author) Bishop
  

The Cooler King The True Story of William Ash - The Greatest Escaper of World War II

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The Cooler King The True Story of William Ash - The Greatest Escaper of World War II by Patrick (Author) Bishop

The Cooler King tells the astonishing story of American fighter pilot William Ash, who, after being shot down over France in 1942, spent the rest of the war defying the Nazis by striving to escape from every prisoner-of-war camp in which he was imprisoned. His daring exploits made him the likely inspiration for Steve McQueen's character in The Great Escape. It is a saga full of incident and high drama, climaxing in a break out via a tunnel dug in the latrines of the Oflag XXIB prison camp in Poland - a great untold episode of the Second World War. Alongside William Ash is a cast of fascinating characters, including Douglas Bader, Roger Bushell, who would go on to lead the Great Escape, and Paddy Barthropp, a dashing Battle of Britain pilot who despite his very different background became Ash's best friend and shared many of his adventures. By weaving together contemporary documents and interviews with Ash's comrades, Patrick Bishop vividly recreates the multiple escape attempts, while also examining the P.O.W. experience and analysing the passion that drove some prisoners to risk death in repeated bids for freedom. The Cooler King is at once uplifting and inspirational, and stands as a testament to the durability of decent values and the invincible spirit of liberty.

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Bishop's excellent account of Ash's wartime exploits makes fascinating and gripping reading. * Sunday Times * Bill Ash is a genuine Boy's Own hero of whom you have probably never heard. But because Patrick Bishop writes like a dream, you are unlikely ever to forget him. * Literary Review * The remarkable story of Flight Lieutenant William Ash is told for the first time in its full historical context... Enthralling * Tribune * Reads like an adventure story, with tales of extreme bravery and derring-do * Military History Monthly *


About the Author

Patrick Bishop spent twenty-six years covering numerous wars and conflicts around the world and he has reported from the front line of almost every major war of our era. He is the acclaimed author of Fighter Boys, Bomber Boys, Battle of Britain, 3 Para, Target Tirpitz, Wings and The Reckoning.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th May 2016

Author

Patrick (Author) Bishop

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography: historical, political & military
Second World War
Air forces & warfare
Prisoners of war

ISBN

9781782390251

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