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Kills and his excellent telling of Bill Ash s story This is a remarkable fascinating book that shines a spotlight Bill Ash s story This is a remarkable fascinating book that shines a spotlight that small rare breed of soldiers who were willing to take extraordinary risks for the sake of freedom I hope they make this into a movie and I d go so far to suggest it is a must read for anyone interested in WWII real life stories A superb book about a real life Steve Mcueen during World War II I was lucky enough to be sent a signed copy from the great Mr Ash himself after writing to the co author after reading this great book A classic of the genre I am trying to recall how I stumbled on this non fiction book I ust did a uick search of wwwnewsfrommecom and verified Mark Evanier recommended it It took me three weeks to get through it but I am very happy I did It takes a while for me to get through a book like this because it is a time in history that is so depressing for me How an entire country like Germany could go insane and decide to slaughter half the population and take over by force the other half is sad frustrating and chilling It makes me angry It makes me hate the people who could do this They were a country fueled by hate and they tortured people as badly as any society in history although they share company with others of their ilk So enough about the backdrop of the story this is a story of a hero A true hero An ordinary person who decided he hated bullies He hated them enough to give up his American citizenship and cross the boarder into Canada so he could oin the war effort before the rest of his country came to their senses and realized bullies don t leave you alone ust because you leave them Alone The First Part Of The Book The first part of the book his life before the war the depression hit him hard enough that he became a hobo wow the next part is how he became a great fighter pilot the last half is how he became an escapologist with enough thrills and escapes that if you put them in one movie nobody would believe it He is obviously the model for the Steve Mcueen character in the Great Escape although in point of fact that was one escape he didn t take part in This is a five star book of a five star person Read this whenever you want to put your life in perspective and realize how amazing we have it Read this whenever you want to remind yourself for as many bullies realize how amazing we have it Read this whenever you want to remind yourself for as many bullies evil empires as the Nazis there are heroes and survivors like William Ash A hard read for people like me A must read for everyone Under the Wire is told in sections 1 depression era hobo ungle 2 oining the RCAFair strikes 3 herosheroines of the French resistance 4 1942 45 life in prison camps America was strictly isolationist and if you signed up in Canada you forfeited your USA citizenshipWilliam Ash is a prototype suggesting the Steve Mcueen the Cooler King character in The Great Escape He never cries or complains of his suffering much He actually minimizes all that Nor does he demonize the Germans The Gestapo were the worst but the Luftwaffe not so bad who followed the Geneva Convention It s about which guard can be bribed Lots of the story is funny in good contrast to the meaner parts ex when he is beaten up Easy reading Would recommend for reluctant reader boys or WWII completistsI had had a mental picture of a Spitfire but in real life it was much smaller than I expected A compact finely engineered bundle of power and grace a Platonic ideal of a perfect aeroplane From the elegant curve of its wings to the in line engine tucked away behind its elongated nose the whole structure had style Long noses whether on British gentry borzoi dogs or Spitfires have always seemed very aristocratic to me. E makinga riveting story of bravery by one of the last of his generation UOTES Ashs book is full of such wit and held together with the sort of wry adventure story that begs to be immortalized on film as a cross between Tom Jones and The Great Escape Metro News Toronto 4 of 5 stars A remarkable story Toronto Sta. Urope he rode the rails to Canada and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 A Spitfire pilot he saw action over England and France He was shot down near Calais in March 1942 and evaded the German forces for months with help from the French Resistance but was captured and badly beaten by the Gestapo and sentenced to death as a spy Bill was sent to a succession of POW camps in Occupied Europe from which he escaped on a regular basis becoming one of the greatest escapers of the war At war s end he was awarded an MBE for his escaping activities and went on to work for the BBC in India and Britain He became a writer and a past Chair of the Writers Guild GB Married to the academic Ranjana Ash he lives in London where he stayed after the war Given the background of the story which everyone has noted by now the beauty of this book is the manner in which it is written There is a fine balance between fact and embellished humor and the authors Brendan Foley s keen skills polish the prose well understand the arc and flow of a suspense thriller well Overriding it all is the personality of Bill Ash whose derring do and escapist skills confounded even the thriller well Overriding it all is the personality of Bill Ash whose derring do and escapist skills confounded even the alert of the officials of the various enemy attempts to keep him incarcerated There is a lot of Mark Twain flavor in this story and that is about a high a compliment as can be given Ash is also obviously filled with a great streak of human kindness that makes this ear story endearing It takes heroic deeds danger guts and wily coyote madness to pull through every incident that confronted Ash This book will enter the realm of the best WW II books ever written It is bound to enter the best seller list soon Bravo to Ash and a big Bravo to Foley Grady Harp I didn t expect to like this book but I did It details the Second World war experiences of a Texan born in 1917 who oined the Royal Air Force in 1940 and flew Spitfires before being shot down in 1942 and becoming an inveterate escaper from POW camps Because of his nationality freuent long spells in solitary confinement following escape attempts and close friendship with several of the Great Escape escapers he has been offered as a possible model for the Stev I approached this book as a courtesy to the author whose service a courtesy to the author whose service World War II deserved in my opinion some attention What a marvelous surprise and delight to find it an entirely engrossing well told story of several slices of American History some of which are not often told While the main story chronicles Bill Ash s experience flying Spitfire fighter planes for the RAF his day of reckoning when he was shot down and his remarkable experiences hiding from the Nazis in occupied Europe and then after captivity his numerous escape attempts other aspects of the story were very interesting too He grew up in Depression era Texas with a spirit of wanderlust and adventure As a youth he oined the transient hobo community hopping trains and learning to survive with uick wits creativity and courage Little did he know how well this would prepare him for his experience as an escape artist from Nazi prisonsUnlike many WWII books that recount the horrors of prison camp and the brutality of the enemy Ash and his co author Brendan Foley have opted for an emphasis on the spirit and resourcefulness of Ash and his fellow prisoners and their ability to find humor even in the midst of their terrible situation The author s observations about the changing behavior of the Germans as the war got closer to the end was also very interesting The voice of this book was genuine and honest Brendan Foley has undoubtedly worked wonders with his ournalism To capture and torture by the Gestapo imprisonment in the Great Escape camp Stalag Luft III and years spent becoming a serial escape artist this is the wartime memoir of a true hero a real life Cooler King Recounted in a wonderfully honest and self deprecating voice William Ashs Under the Wire is a classic in th. Despite the fact that this will be the third posting of the year for me this was actually the first book that I read in 2013 and it may very well be the best book that I will read all yearWilliam Ash now age 95 and his co author World War II has always been one of my favorite reading topics probably because I was born ust War II has always been one of my favorite reading topics probably because I was born The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy just few months after the war ended I ve read hundreds of books about the war and some of the most compelling stories were about Allied POW experiences Books like Free as a Running Fox and The Colditz Story showedust how determined many POWs were to escape When co author Brendan Foley offered me a review copy of Under the Wire I was glad to acceptIt s the remarkable story of American Bill Ash who grew up in Texas during the Great Depression then volunteered to fight the Germans even before the US entered the war Joining the Canadian air corps then shipping out to England in 1941 Ash had his share of aerial combat before his luck ran out and his Spitfire was shot down over northern France in 1942 Spending the next three years in a series of POW camps in Germany Poland and Lithuania Ash became an expert escapologist despite the dangers and the risk of being captured and beaten or killed by the Gestapo As a result of failed escape attempts Ash became a regular resident of the Cooler the infamous solitary confinement cells in the POW campsUnder the Wire is an absorbing account of life in the POW camps including the endless planning for escape by men like Ash who went stir crazy when cooped up behind barbed wire At best life in the POW camps was a miserable experience with inadeuate food and medical care frigid winters in ramshackle huts with little winter clothing and the maddening aggravation of lice bedbugs and fleasPOWs came up with some remarkably ingenious ways to escape but to me the most intriguing were the tunnels The logistics reuired plus the excavation of the tunnel itself were amazing feats with the detailed planning and preparation of civilian clothing forged documents maps and compasses while doing all of this under the watchful eyes of the guards Reading about the actual tunneling was downright claustrophobic with men working long hours in total darkness in near suffocating conditions facing the constant threat of cave ins Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) just to advance the tunnel a couple of feet a day All of this knowing that only about one in a hundred escapees actually hit a home run meaning they made it back to EnglandMy hat is off to men like Bill Ash who even after being shot down continued to wage his own private war against the enemy An interesting WWII story by Ash an excellent writer Of interest to me is that time at the end of the war when there was An amazing memoir about a serial escapologist from German POW camps during WWII Bill Ash escaped a dozen times from terrible conditions and tragic experiences yet maintained his compassion humor and humanity Beautifully written and full of hope in times of despair A Brilliant Book again demonstrating that Fact is stranger than FictionAt the time of this writing William Ash is 95 his story is told with the gifted aid of Brendan Foley whoust happens to be writing the screenplay for the film that has been option that will make this incredible story a thriller of filmFrom the advanced information about the film that has been option that will make this incredible story a thriller of filmFrom the advanced information about the of this book comes the following information that in many ways summarizes about the of this book comes the following information that in many ways summarizes book well Born in Dallas in 1917 WILLIAM ASH worked his way through school and college during the Great Depression graduating from the University of Texas at Austin to the heights of elevator operator then Hobo At the outbreak of war in An enthralling memoir of WWII adventure fighter pilot fugitive in Paris Gestapo prisoner and ultimately a great escape artist Bill Ashs story is unforgettable From the lean days of Depression era Texas to the thrill of being one of the few who flew Spitfires from a death defying crash landing in Occupied France. 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