Paul Brickhill


Born
in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
December 20, 1916

Died
April 23, 1991

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From Rosetta Books:

Though The Great Escape is a novel, its basic story is true, and the novel's author Paul Brickhill (1916-91) was a participant in it. Brickhill, an Australian, had flown missions against the Germans in Tunisia for the Royal Australian Air Force when he was shot down in 1943. Locked away and bored in Silesia in Luft Stalag III, he and his fellow prisoners concocted an escape plan -- a daring idea that would result in a mass escape from the Germans. Of the 76 officers who escaped, only three were successful; Hitler himself ordered the execution of 47 of the men who were recaptured. Still, the escape remains one of the great heroic stories of World War II.

A native of Melbourne, Brickhill had begun a career as a newspaper rep
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“The British obviously overlooked the fact that an American only has to be sold on the idea that his cause is just and he is capable of anything.”
Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape

“Funny people, the Germans. When you got them in a bunch they were all Nazis (they had to be), but when you got the little people by themselves and worked on them for a while they didn't have any morale underneath. Inside they seemed naked and defenceless.”
Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape

“So even if you got it loaded it could not be anything more than a study in still-life until you took the jacks away, and then the scrap metal wouldn't be funny.”
Paul Brickhill, The Dam Busters

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