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Boldness Be My Friend (True Stories from World War II)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2010
One of those books that will make you utterly unsocial until you finish it.

The author is shot down over Germany in ww2 and this book follows his frankly, quite incredible, attempts to escape from captivity. This is a book from the old days....the good guys have names like "stinker" and "the turk" and the bad guys wear leather coats and are slightly effeminate (whilst they beat the hero to a pulp!). The book is incredibly well written and truly inspiring....without spoiling anything he faces the most demoralising setbacks and frustrations at the gates of victory....that he claws his way back again and again is astounding.

Enjoy, but clear your diary out for a day or two beforehand !
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
So often survivors of war and torture are not given the glory of the dead. But this man lived under the pseudonym of another, to live under German interrogation and torture for two years. This prolonged deception certainly saved his life and others and his story is told with a cheery narrative. Others died though and this moving account is well worth the read, it is a race to read through as the thrill of his war experience unfolds. Read it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2009
Richard Pape was an airman who served in WWII, and was a fantastic writer, to boot. Shot down over Holland, his factual account of his life as a PoW, and his daring escape attempts, moves along at a breakneck pace from page one. This true Yorkshire hero must have had balls like coconuts, as parts of his story made my hair curl, because of the privations he suffered, and the things he had to do, to survive - He was incredibly gutsy, tough, resourceful, and determined - and 150% courageous! After reading this book, I feel even more indebted to him and all the men of my father's generation who served in WWII. Read it, and be thankful that men like him fought for our freedoms in those dark days
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2006
I first read this book in 1954 just after it had been released.I was 18 years of age at the time,and this book made such an impression on me, that I had to tell anyone who was a reader, that they had to read it as soon as possible. Television was still in it,s infancy then and there seems to have been more of an interest in reading, and all whom I spoke too and who read it, agreed that this was a fantastic true story. Over the years I have came across the author's name and remembered of how his story affected me then and still does, even now at 70 years of age.Richard Pape died in 1995.A man to be admired.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2004
A World War Two RAF Warrant Officer is shot down over Holland a member of the crew of a Stirling heavy bomber. This true story takes you on an incredible journey with its author. Imprisoned in prisoner of war camps,Pape never gives up his obsession- to escape. With little regard for his own personal safety he swops his RAF identity for that of a New Zealand army private. Hair raising escapades, Gestapo torture and a flight across the Polish snowbound plains and a totally unexpected ending makes this a definite must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2010
This is a true war story of a daring escape told honestly while playing down the bad parts, which I am sure are worse than they appear. It is excellent and needs to be read slowly and with feeling. Pape tells a good story of escape across Poland with his friend. The conditions are vivid and true. What we don't feel is his pain.
This is a must read for all those interested in WW2.
If you liked this try Agent Zigzag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2011
Without doubt one of the best written works to have been published on this subject. A fascinating first-hand description of war-torn occupied Europe. Being shot down; evading capture; POW camp; interrogation; three escapes; gestapo torture - no novel could equal Pape's extraordinary tale of survival.
I picked up a copy of this biography simply because, (like my late uncle Jack), Pape was a Yorkshire lad, and an RAF navigator. I began to read the book thinking it would be yet another ego trip by some unemployed former serviceman, but i was unable to put it down. I am gutted now it is finished and his story has been told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2011
The previous reviewers have just about said it all. An absolutely amazing story, very well written, and hard to put down. Gritty in parts and shows the amazing ingenuity, resourcefulness and spirit of the wartime prisoners and Pape in particular. It also shows the amazing courage of those who helped Pape and the horrific treatment that awaited those who fell into the hands of the Gestapo.

A totally engrossing read, from a man with true grit and dogged determination. Utterly amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2010
What a compelling read! This is the only book I have sat down and read from cover to cover without a break. It is a facinating story by an incredible man told with honesty and compassion. If you are considering buying this book - do it, you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2013
Quite a good read, I was left wondering if some of the story was true, at times it sounded a bit James Bond ish, never the less there are some amazing stories from the second world war and if this true it is yet another astonishing survival story.
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