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eBook Under the Wire epub
  • ISBN: 0593054083
  • Author: William Ash
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Military
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Transworld Pub; First Edition, First Printing edition (March 31, 2005)
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • ePUB size: 1735 kb
  • FB2 size 1275 kb
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Under the Wire is a book that everybody should read. William Ash has a vivid and engaging storytelling voice and, even more remarkably, a marvelous sense of humor, even when discussing his interrogations and beatings by Gestapo thugs.

Under the Wire is a book that everybody should read. Libby Purves, Midweek, BBC Radio. His story is amazing, his courage awe-inspiring. His journey travels from Depression Texas to the Battle of Britain to tunnel escapes from POW camps in Poland and Lithuania.

Honest, funny and exciting, Under the Wire is both a riveting war memoir and a tribute to the bravery and resolve of an. .Determined to take on the Nazis, Texan Bill Ash joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939 and in so doing sacrificed his citizenship.

Honest, funny and exciting, Under the Wire is both a riveting war memoir and a tribute to the bravery and resolve of an entire generation. Before long, he was sent to England wherehe flew Spitfires. Shot down over France in March 1942, he survived the crash-landing and, thanks to local civilians, evaded capture for months only to be betrayed to the Gestapo in Paris.

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Determined to take on the Nazis, Texan Bill Ash joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939 and in so doing sacrificed his citizenship. Books related to Under The Wire.

QUOTES "Ash's book is full of such wit, and held together with the sort of wry adventure story that begs to be.William Ash was an American who went up to Canada to fight for Britain, did so as a fighter pilot, was shot down, and endured captivity.

QUOTES "Ash's 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. Everyone should read this bit of history brought to light. His life defines honor, courage, and commitment.

by William Ash, Brendan Foley. ISBN 9780753135082 (978-0-7531-3508-2) Isis Audio Books, 2006. Find signed collectible books: 'Under The Wire'. Under The Wire: ISBN 9780753135082 (978-0-7531-3508-2) Isis Audio Books, 2006.

Bill Ash is one of a rare breed - an American prepared to sacrifice his citizenship and risk his life to fight the Nazis at a time when the USA was still neutral. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and before long found himself in England and flying Spitfires in combat. Then, in March 1942, Bill was shot down over the Pas de Calais. He survived the crash-landing and, thanks to the bravery of local civilians, evaded capture for months. It was in Paris that he was betrayed to the Gestapo. Tortured and sentenced to death as a spy, he was saved from the firing squad by the intervention of the Luftwaffe who sent him to the 'Great Escape' POW camp, Stalag Luft III. It was from there that Bill - already branded a trouble-maker by his captors - began his extraordinary 'tour' of Occupied Europe, breaking out of one camp, being dispatched to the next - in Poland, Germany and Lithuania. Bill became one of only a handful of serial escape artists to attempt more than a dozen break-outs - over the wire, under it in tunnels, through it with cutters or simply strolling out of the camp gates in disguise. These were years of extraordinary hardship, frustration and brutality - each time he was recaptured his punishment was a long spell in solitary. He was a real-life 'Cooler king'- but through it all he maintained not just remarkable courage, but also an anarchic sense of humour, great humanity and an unstoppable desire for freedom. From its honest, funny and exciting reflections on life in wartime Britain to the vivid, compelling, sometimes poignant recollections of his time as a POW, UNDER THE WIRE is more than just another memoir. It stands as a tribute to the bravery and resolve, not only of Bill Ash, but of an entire generation
Comments: (7)
Bine
My daughter bought me this book as a Christmas present. William Ash's story is inspiring and encouraging. He survived more than a dozen escape attempts as an American POW held by the Germans during WWII. His stories of the various camps and other facilities where he was detained, the near unbelievable ways the men planned their various escapes, and the people who helped and interacted with him during this time, are nothing short of amazing.

The book was all the more enjoyable to read because of William's fantastic sense of humor in the face of his extremely intimidating circumstances. Example: "As I lay on the floor of a wretched Gestapo cell waiting to be shot the next morning, I pondered the strange workings of a world in which an American boy, in the Canadian Air Force, fighting for the British, was going to end up being shot by Germans in France. I tried to smile, but it hurt too much."

This is a great book and a fast and enjoyable (and amazing) read.
Hulis
There are many books on consecration camps and POW camps, but this one is a page turner that holds ones interest. From a boring young existance in a poor town and poor family, Mr Ash completes his comittment to join and serve in the armed forces to fight Germany. I give him credit for his ability to withstand abuse, hunger, and bad weather and still obtain his goal in life. Very well done
Xor
"Under the Wire" has everything: history, adventure, thrills, humanity, humor, wit, compassion, poignancy, and, most of all, thrilling, page-turning action. It never strays from the essential story. It never tries to get too clever. It rivets from the opening and never lets go. My father, whose birthday coincides with the publication date and who died eighteen month ago at age 90, would have devoured it in one sitting, as he loved books about WWII. It's the only negative about this book, that I could not share it with him, as I did every other history book I read. When the final page is turned, one marvels at the indomitable fight in these prisoners and their ingenious efforts at not only survival but escape. The hero of the book should be canonized in the annals of wartime achievements.
Tiainar
This book starts out as a good adventure by a bright and talented guy who wants to get into the fight in Europe long before the US was ready to accept reality. It starts out as a flying adventure and this was the part of the book I enjoyed the most. Then, he gets shot down and his life as a POW starts. Here is the main story of this book and we see what a brave and stubborn man the author is. His dogged enthusiasm for escape is extraordinary and his tolerance for bad treatment is nothing short of heroic. He is lucky to have survived.
Geny
William Ash has a vivid and engaging storytelling voice and, even more remarkably, a marvelous sense of humor, even when discussing his interrogations and beatings by Gestapo thugs. His story is amazing, his courage awe-inspiring. His journey travels from Depression Texas to the Battle of Britain to tunnel escapes from POW camps in Poland and Lithuania. This is a very special WWII escape memoir, and also increased my knowledge of great escapers like Jimmy Buckley and George Grimson. It resonates with deeply felt emotion while being utterly devoid of the cliches of this genre. If you read only one memoir of a WWII escaper, make it this one.
Zulkigis
When I began reading UNDER THE WIRE, I expected a story of heroic "derring-do", recalled with a sort of misty, stiff-upper lipped nostalgia by a Grand Lion in the winter of his remarkable life.

Instead, I got so, so much more.

Bill Ash's life is remarkable by anyone's yardstick. From his earliest childhood in Depression-era Texas, he was a hero, ready and eager to take on any bully. While America watched as Europe fell to a maniacal Hitler, he made a decision to personally take on the biggest bully in modern history.

Remarkable? Brave? Courageous? Yes, all of these adjectives describe the heroic life of Bill Ash.

But his life, and his story -- told so extraordinarily well by Ash and his co-writer, Brendan Foley -- is also funny, human and a lesson in living one's life with heart and a true moral compass.

There is as much Huck Finn and Jack Kerouac in Ash's war stories, as there is John Wayne.

Like all great tales of history, UNDER THE WIRE does more than offer adventure after adventure (and WOW, what adventures Bill had!)

The book offers a sense of the times, a sense of the politics, insights into the dangers, the choices, the cat-and-mouse existence of a Prisoner of War.

Bill played cat-and-mouse with the Third Reich, and did it brilliantly.

And I have never read an adventure story with so much genuine humor!

UNDER THE WIRE is a glorious tribute to the sort of person we long for, but never really see anymore: a true hero.

And it's a great, entertaining read.
Mayno
Hard to put this one down. Great true story.
Brilliant story, very well told. Harrowing adventures narrated with humor and wit. Good detail of aerial combat and Spitfires for the pilots, yet not so technical as to lose the interest of non-pilots. Great details of the author's escape attempts, as well as a good look into the Nazi's prison system.
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