Stalag 17

Stalag 17 ( short for Stamm Lager , or “ prison camp ” ) is located near the Danube in Austria and filled with sergeants in the American air force . The time is Christmas week 1944 , and on the secret radio the prisoners hear accounts ...

Author: Billy Wilder

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520922859

Category: Performing Arts

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Stalag 17 (1953), the riveting drama of a German prisoner-of-war camp, was adapted from the Broadway play directed by José Ferrer in 1951. Billy Wilder developed the play and made the film version more interesting in every way. Edwin Blum, a veteran screenwriter and friend of Wilder's, collaborated on the screenplay but found working with Wilder an agonizing experience. Wilder's mordant humor and misanthropy percolate throughout this bitter story of egoism, class conflict, and betrayal. As in a well-constructed murder mystery, the incriminating evidence points to the wrong man. Jeffrey Meyers's introduction enriches the reading of Stalag 17 by including comparisons with the Broadway production and the reasons for Wilder's changes.

Stalag 17B

Before the main body of men evacuated Stalag 17B on April 8, 1945, our camp leader, Kenneth J. Kurtenbach, issued the re- maining Red Cross parcels. Everyone received about a parcel and a half per man. There were about sixty disabled ...

Author: Richard H. Hoffman Lt. Col. USAF

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462833462

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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A true account of a shoot-down, capture, imprisonment and liberation. The author was in Germany's Stalag 17B, force- marched across Austria, and had a horrifying brush with the holocaust. Patton's troops liberated him and returned him to front line duty. He helped capture many enemy troops before war's end.

World War II from a Waist Gunner s View of Stalag 17

The Eighth Air Force lost 4, 148 B-17s and B-24s; 2,042 fighters were also lost, with 43,742 airmen killed or missing ... the highest respect for the other when it came down to doing 65 World War II from a Waist Gunner's View of Stalag 17.

Author: Staff Sergeant Luther Irwin Kelley

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465325263

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 188

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War, guns, bombs and waist gunners—far removed from the small town of Fowler, Colorado, population about 1200, twenty-eight miles east of Pueblo, Colorado on Highway 50. I lived there with my Dad, Ray, who was Pastor of the Second Baptist church, my Mom, Florence, grandmother, Dora Kelley; older brother Fred, who went into the Army a year before I did, and my sister Lorene. Germany, with the leadership of Hitler had overrun several small countries—the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Austria; as well as the war with Russia and England, incarcerating all the Jews as he went along. The United States was furnishing England with food and all types of war supplies. Then a state of shock fell upon our country and our small town of Fowler when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. On December 8, 1941, our government declared war on Japan. On December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States and we in turn declared war on Germany the same day.

Stalag 17

A facsimile edition of the screenplay of Billy Wilder's film set in an Austrian prisoner of war camp. With a new introduction by biographer Jeffrey Meyers.

Author: Billy Wilder

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520218574

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 137

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A facsimile edition of the screenplay of Billy Wilder's film set in an Austrian prisoner of war camp. With a new introduction by biographer Jeffrey Meyers.

Some Like It Wilder

Stalag 17 and The Emperor Waltz are the only two Wilder pictures set in his native Austria. Wilder preferred to overlook that his homeland was part of the Nazi empire at the time Stalag 17 takes place, so the setting of the film is not ...

Author: Gene D. Phillips

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813173672

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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One of the most accomplished writers and directors of classic Hollywood, Billy Wilder (1906--2002) directed numerous acclaimed films, including Sunset Boulevard (1950), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), and Some Like It Hot (1959). Featuring Gene D. Phillips's unique, in-depth critical approach, Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder provides a groundbreaking overview of a filmmaking icon. Wilder began his career as a screenwriter in Berlin but, because of his Jewish heritage, sought refuge in America when Germany came under Nazi control. Making fast connections in Hollywood, Wilder immediately made the jump from screenwriter to director. His classic films Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Double Indemnity (1945), and The Lost Weekend (1945) earned Academy Awards for best picture, director, and screenplay. During the 1960s, Wilder continued to direct and produce controversial comedies, including Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) and The Apartment (1960), which won Oscars for best picture and director. This definitive biography reveals that Wilder was, and remains, one of the most influential directors in filmmaking.

Stalag 17

"This turbulent and gutsy play tells the story of a group of American prisoners who embarrass and irritate their captors as they try to escape from a German prison camp.

Author: Donald Bevan

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B803549

Category: American drama

Page: 115

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"This turbulent and gutsy play tells the story of a group of American prisoners who embarrass and irritate their captors as they try to escape from a German prison camp. The plot revolves around the escape of an American who will face serious punishment for sabotaging a train as will his fellow prisoners who hide him. The prisoners at last learn which of them has been all the while a stooge for the Germans, for which he pays the ultimate price. The dominant tone of the play is lusty comedy, but it is ingeniously combined at all times with excitement and tension of the most holding sort of suspense." -- Publisher's description.

On Sunset Boulevard

Blum couldn't quite see the appeal and asked Wilder what he saw in Stalag 17. “Guys in underwear,” said Billy. Blum was put on the payroll in September 1951, at $1,000 a week. “Along with Sunset Boulevard,” Wilder ...

Author: Ed Sikov

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496812650

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 675

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On Sunset Boulevard, originally published in 1998, describes the life of acclaimed filmmaker Billy Wilder (1906-2002), director of such classics as Sunset Boulevard, The Lost Weekend, The Seven Year Itch, and Sabrina. This definitive biography takes the reader on a fast-paced journey from Billy Wilder's birth outside of Krakow in 1906 to Vienna, where he grew up, to Berlin, where he moved as a young man while establishing himself as a journalist and screenwriter, and triumphantly to Hollywood, where he became as successful a director as there ever was. Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment"Wilder's cinematic legacy is unparalleled. Not only did he direct these classics and twenty-one other films, he co-wrote all of his own screenplays. Volatile, cynical, hilarious, and driven, Wilder arrived in Hollywood an all-but-penniless refugee who spoke no English. Ten years later he was calling his own shots, and he stayed on top of the game for the next three decades. Wilder battled with Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, and Peter Sellers; kept close friendships with William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, and Walter Matthau; amassed a personal fortune by way of blockbuster films and shrewd investments in art (including Picassos, Klees, and Mir's); and won Oscars--yet Wilder, ever conscious of his thick accent, always felt the sting of being an outsider. On Sunset Boulevard traces the course of a turbulent but fabulous life, both behind the scenes and on the scene, from Viennese cafes and Berlin dance halls in the twenties to the Hollywood soundstages of the forties and the on-location shoots of the fifties and sixties. Crammed with Wilder's own caustic wit, On Sunset Boulevard reels out the story of one of cinema's most brilliant and prolific talents.

Dreams of Flight

... seems to reference Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 as much as The Great Escape (but then, as we've seen, Wilder's film may ... narrative counterparts in Stalag 17 or appear to base their acting style on that of actors in the earlier work.

Author: Dana Polan

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520976610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The first full-length study of the iconic 1960s film The Great Escape and its place in Hollywood and American history. Escaped POW Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen) on a stolen motorcycle jumps an imposing barbed wire fence—caught on film, the act and its aftermath have become an unforgettable symbol of triumph as well as defeat for 1960s America. Combining production and reception history with close reading, Dreams of Flight offers the first full-length study of The Great Escape, the classic film based on a true story of Allied prisoners who hatched an audacious plan to divert and thwart the Wehrmacht and escape into the nearby countryside. Through breezy prose and pithy analysis, Dana Polan centers The Great Escape within American cultural and intellectual history, drawing a vivid picture of the country in the 1960s. We see a nation grappling with its own military history, a society undergoing significant shifts in its culture and identity, and a film industry in transition from Old Hollywood's big-budget runaway studio films to the slow interior cinema of New Hollywood. Dreams of Flight combines this context with fan anecdotes and a close study of filmic style to bring readers into the film and trace its wide-reaching influence. Polan examines the production history, including prior adaptations in radio and television of celebrated author Paul Brickhill's original nonfiction book about the escape, and he compares the cinematic fiction to the real events of the escape in 1944. Dreams of Flight also traces the afterlife of The Great Escape in the many subsequent movies, TV commercials, and cartoons that reference it, whether reverentially or with humor.

Gone with the Wind He Said

Toward the end of their imprisonment, the men in Stalag 17B were forced to walk 260 miles across Austria to Braunau (Hitler's birthplace) to the Inn river—quite a physically and emotionally stressful experience.

Author: Michael I. Darter

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781493162543

Category: History

Page: 248

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This book documents the search for my MIA brother Eugene F. Darter, who, just after meeting his baby brother on a pillow, flew off to Nazi-occupied Europe and vanished on his first bombing mission over Germany. My investigation began with a random Internet search on his fifty-seventh birthday on January 3, 2000, that quickly resulted in the miraculous discovery of one of his crewmates who found him badly shot and collapsed in a pool of blood in their shattered and burning B-17. Along the path of discovery were some amazing miracles, including discovering his surviving crew and their families, what happened to his two other MIA crewmates, pieces of his bomber on the beach a few days before a long planned memorial, and most importantly, eyewitnesses who saw crew members captured by the Nazis on a Dutch island. However, the greatest discovery was an eyewitness who saw an American airman come down through the fog and splash down into the sea, crying for help, but then carried away by the fierce wind farther out into the freezing sea beyond reach. “Gone with the wind” was his description of the shocking event unfolding in the stormy sea just in front of him. This book will be of particular interest to many families who have MIAs that number more than eighty-three thousand in America’s wars. There is so much information available today on the Internet, in databases, individual researchers in the US and abroad, and in the National Archives for searching for your beloved MIA. There is also a great deal of assistance from the US government, who has many teams in the field every day searching, finding, identifying, and bringing home our hero MIAs.

Hogan s Heroes

STALAG 13OR 17? A popular misconception is thatHogan's Heroeswas adapted from the 1953 filmStalag17. Though there were slight similarities between the two,Stalag 17wasno more a precursor toHogan's than were Sergeant One striking ...

Author: Brenda Scott Royce

Publisher: Renaissance Books

ISBN: 9781466859579

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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If your fondest TV memories involve the POWs of Stalag 13 cleverly outwitting their captors, Schultz stammering "I know nothing!" and Hochstetter threatening to send everyone to the Russian front, then this is the book for you. This fun and informative book takes you behind the scenes of the classic 1960s sitcom to reveal: · the story behind the creation, production, and eventual cancellation of the series · the controversy surrounding the show's unlikely premise · interviews with many of the show's stars and crew · biographies of the stars and supporting actors · a detailed guide to each of the 168 episodes · a guide to collecting Hogan's memorabilia · and more... Hogan's Heroes is more popular now than ever before, especially in Germany, where it has become a surprising cult hit. In this book, most of the show's stars and behind-the-scenes personnel share their memories and reflect on the series' enduring popularity.

Military Comedy Films

Director Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 (Paramount, 1953) takes place in a German POW camp in 1944. Among the incarcerated American soldiers are a couple ofinveterate cut-ups named Animal and Harry. While drunk, Animal imagines that Harry is ...

Author: Hal Erickson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786462902

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 428

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Beginning with Charlie Chaplin's Shoulder Arms, released in America near the end of World War I, the military comedy film has been one of Hollywood's most durable genres. This generously illustrated history examines over 225 Army, Navy and Marine-related comedies produced between 1918 and 2009, including the abundance of laughspinners released during World War II in the wake of Abbott and Costello's phenomenally successful Buck Privates (1941), and the many lighthearted service films of the immediate postwar era, among them Mister Roberts (1955) and No Time for Sergeants (1958). Also included are discussions of such subgenres as silent films (The General), military-academy farces (Brother Rat), women in uniform (Private Benjamin), misfits making good (Stripes), anti-war comedies (MASH), and fact-based films (The Men Who Stare at Goats). A closing filmography is included in this richly detailed volume.

Countervisions

The American contempt for social hypocrisy is also illustrated by Holden's roles in Stalag 17 ( Wilder 1953 ) and The Bridge on the River Kwai ( Lean 1957 ) . In Stalag 17 , Holden's opportunism makes him the scapegoat for the European ...

Author: Darrell Y. Hamamoto

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 1566397766

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 317

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Spotlighting Asian Americans on both sides of the motion picture camera, Countervisions examines the aesthetics, material circumstances, and politics of a broad spectrum of films released in the last thirty years. This anthology focuses in particular on the growing presence of Asian Americans as makers of independent films and cross-over successes. Essays of film criticism and interviews with film makers emphasize matters of cultural agency--that is, the practices through which Asian American actors, directors, and audience members have shaped their own cinematic images. One of the anthology's key contributions is to trace the evolution of Asian American independent film practice over thirty years. Essays on the Japanese American internment and historical memory, essays on films by women and queer artists, and the reflections of individual film makers discuss independent productions as subverting or opposing the conventions of commercial cinema. But Countervisions also resists simplistic readings of "mainstream" film representations of Asian Americans and enumerations of negative images. Writing about Hollywood stars Anna May Wong and Nancy Kwan, director Wayne Wang, and erotic films, several contributors probe into the complex and ambivalent responses of Asian American audiences to stereotypical roles and commerical success. Taken together, the spirited, illuminating essays in this collection offer an unprecedented examination of a flourishing cultural production. Author note: Darrell Y. Hamamoto is Associate Professor in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology, Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Poltics of Television Representation, and New American Destinies: a Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration. Sandra Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

A to Z Word Potpourri

For Joe Fodor, being a prisoner of war and, as an enlisted man, meant being sent to a POW camp so infamous that many moviegoers will relate to it by name—Stalag 17. There was a special unit at Stalag-17B, the name by which Joe remembers ...

Author: Dick Pellek

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781546265788

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 202

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The Chronicles of a Footloose Forester were compiled over a number of years, one story at a time. Events, observations, encounters, and episodes were the ingredients in the mix that got filed into his memory banks and extracted years later but only after it was decided to make them into his memoirs. Afghanistan to Zambia: Chronicles of a Footloose Forester (published in 2010) was the first distillation of those memories and was based on an alphabetical recounting of places he had been. In the beginning, there was no intention of putting his chronicles into a book; the alphabetical listing of countries he had visited was, at the time in the early 1960s, only a device to properly respond to inquiries about his travels pursuant to obtaining and updating a yearly security clearance. At one time or another, the FBI, the Army Security Agency, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of State all wanted his biographical information, which included the places and the addresses where he had lived since 1931. Obviously, that meant every place since he was born. Thus, it was easier to compile a logical listing and to keep that list in his records for easier updating. The countries of Afghanistan and Zambia eventually worked their way into the list; thus, his first book, Afghanistan to Zambia: Chronicles of a Footloose Forester, was chosen as the title of his first book of memoirs. The process is ongoing. Since the travel history to other counties swelled to 106 countries and territories of the United States, the A to Z listing was also a way to compartmentalize some of his fond memories of people, places, and events. As a forester who worked in domestic and international locales, the A to Z listing had other applications for a footloose forester who had a lifelong interest in forest trees and tropical fruits. Accordingly, the second book of chronicles had a title that reminded him that the very common red maple tree (Acer rubrum) could be seen daily from Maine to Florida and everywhere in between in the states he had visited (forty-nine of fifty) during his career. A suitable title for the second book thus began to emerge. An A to Z theme led to bookend tree species names that were also a part of his reveries. It was gratifying to settle on a subtropical fruit tree commonly known as the jujube and with the botanical name Zyzyphus jujuba. Two jujube trees are growing and thriving right next to his house in Virginia. Thus, another A to Z listing became the receptacle that included personal anecdotes about a potpourri of things in other countries and in the natural world in general. The eventual name of his second book of memoirs emphasized his forestry interests, except that the stories that he wanted to share did not dwell solely on trees or on peoples, places, animals, or events. Dreams and viewpoints about abstract subjects that he wanted to share were also summoned, sorted out, and organized into volume 1, Essays & Dreams that was published in 2015. And the personal blogs regarding tangible, physical, sometimes-hair-raising, real-time episodes in reality were written into volume 2, Stories & Adventures that was published in early 2016. Of the 340 blogs that still reside in computer archives, there are perhaps a hundred or so that have not yet been selected for inclusion in another book. This book and its title, A to Z Word Potpourri: Chronicles of a Footloose Forester is the final product. The next job is to make another list and decide which stories, essays, dreams, and adventures might become a suitable fifth book of memoirs that does not require chronology, background history, logical train of thought, or other raison d’être.

The Boys in the B 17

I was there only a short time when they put all 1,500 American Air Force enlisted men in “40 and 8” box cars (that's 40 men or 8 horses) and sent us to Stalag 17B, near Krems, Austria. Some thought escape might be easier from 7A so they ...

Author: T/Sgt. James Lee Hutchinson, Ed.S.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 146707022X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

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The author in flight gear after photo twelfth mission – second Air Medal (age nineteen) He still wears lucky Air Cadet ring! Hutch's third book contains short stories of boys on B-17 Flying Fortress crews in deadly missions with the Eighth Air Force in World War II and stories of his own teenage combat experiences as radio/gunner on twenty missions with the Mighty Eighth. Teenagers enlisted or were drafted, trained and went into combat before they could legally vote or buy a drink. They volunteered to fly in the Army's Air Cadet Program and became a part of the greatest air armada in the world. Most of the gunners on a bomber crew were teenagers and the average age of officers was twenty-four. Veterans' memoirs and diaries give amazing reports of fighter attacks, flak damage and those who survived being shot down out to become Prisoners of War. These youngsters manned the planes that bombed and destroyed Germany’s military and war industry. The price of victory was high, with an extreme loss of aircrews and planes. Eighth Air Force losses were among the highest of any military unit. Like the author, teenagers who survived to tell the stories of those great air battles are now in their mid-eighties and rapidly passing into history. See previous books "Through These Eyes" and "Bombs Away!" See a free DVD at http://video.smithville.net/?p=17 for interviews of the author with actual WW II combat film footage.

Masters of the Air

... 498–99 Stalag 17 (Bevan and Trzcinski), 502n Stalag 17 (film), 394, 502n Stalag Luft I, 23, 389, 395, 403, 404, 409, 510–15 Pow Wow at, 407–8 Stalag 17B, 185 Stalag Luft III, 23–24, 389–93 blizzard march from, 493–96 Christmas at, ...

Author: Donald L. Miller

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473583160

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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‘Seconds after Brady’s plane was hit, the Hundredth’s entire formation was broken up and scattered by swarms of single-engine planes, and by rockets launched by twin-engine planes that flew parallel’ Meet the Flying Fortresses of the American Eighth Air Force, Britain’s Lancaster comrades, who helped to bring down the Nazis Historian and World War II expert Donald Miller brings us the story of the bomber boys who brought the war to Hitler's doorstep. Unlike ground soldiers they slept on clean beds, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of the travelling Air Force bands. But they were also an elite group of fighters who put their lives on the line in the most dangerous role of all. Miller takes readers from the adrenaline filled battles in the sky, to the airbases across England, the German prison camps, and onto the ground to understand the devastation faced by civilians. Drawn from interviews, oral histories, and American, British and German archives, Masters of the Air is the authoritative, deeply moving and important account of the world's first and only bomber war.

Grey Ghost

Perpetuation of Testimony of Darrel Willard Coats, S/Sgt, ASN 6566436: in the matter of collective punishment for the of- fense of a few at Stalag 17-B. 9 August, 1945. (Declassified, NARA. Added, 3/17). Niederl, Edith. Claim No.

Author: Dr. Bill Grey

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 9781457560910

Category: History

Page: 272

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Grey Ghost is the story of a professional soldier’s struggle for survival and freedom during the cataclysm of war in the World War II European Theater of Operations between mid-1943 and mid-1945, as well as his continued exposure to combat in the Korean Conflict. This story carries the reader through the beginnings of war for America and onto the frontlines of aerial combat in a B-17 Flying Fortress with Sergeant Frank Grey and his crew. It delivers the reader into the hands of the enemy—Nazi Germany—and onto the long, painful journey of captivity of prisoners of war. For Sergeant Grey, the path from captivity to freedom would take numerous unpredictable twists over a period of almost two years, eventually leading him into Yugoslavia to fight with guerilla units under the leadership of General Draja Mihailovich, and finally to freedom in late May of 1945. The details of Sergeant Grey’s escape and recapture, beatings by the Gestapo, and solitary confinement— save one episode of brilliant thinking, comradery, and courage by a small group of POWs who hid Sergeant Grey within the wires of Stalag 17B for four months— have never been fully disclosed to the American public. Sergeant Grey was initially hidden in an escape tunnel while Gestapo, SS troops, and attack dogs searched for him. He became known as the Grey Ghost by the Germans. Coauthor Ned Handy chronicled this event brilliantly within the story of his own POW experience, a book titled The Flame Keepers (2004). That episode reveals the tremendous depth and significance of the human condition, conveying the face of war, during both wartime events and the aftermath as experienced by combat veterans reclaiming their personal lives. The experience of war did not end for Frank Grey on the European continent. Within a few years of the end of World War II, having continued his commitment to the service of his country, he entered into yet another perilous fight: the Korean Conflict. He flew fifty-seven missions over North Korea as a B-29 tailgunner—a commitment that was filled with constant risk and uncertainty. This true story has a deep, significant message for all readers— but especially for American veterans and their families. The strong messages of commitment, courage, and sacrifice can be reflected upon, considering the increased uncertainties of international events on our horizon.

Blood on the Stage 1950 1975

The men of Stalag 17 plan to help Dunbar escape. Sefton proves his true mettle when he volunteers to lead Dunbar across the barbed wires. Prior to their departure, Sefton exposes Price. The men throw the informer out the door to be ...

Author: Amnon Kabatchnik

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810877849

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 704

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Discussing more than 120 full-length plays, this volume provides an overview of the most important and memorable theatrical works of crime and detection produced between 1950 and 1975.

Hell s Belle

RANDALL L. RASMUSSEN, M.D. used his father’s memoirs, “From a B-17 to Stalag 17B,” as the basis for this book.

Author: Randall L. Rasmussen

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 9781611390278

Category: History

Page: 212

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It was December 3, 1943, and American warplanes were on assignment over Nazi Germany. Sergeant William Rasmussen was the ball turret gunner on the Hell’s Belle, a B-17 heavy bomber. During one of its missions, the Belle was shot down and the captured American flyers were sent to the notorious German prison camp Stalag 17B. In Stalag the American prisoners of war had to deal with the harsh rules imposed by the German Commandant as well as deplorable living conditions: filth, bitter cold, starvation and disease. Told through the eyes of one young flyer, the book has non-stop action, emotion and humor, and captures the upbeat and undefeatable spirit of America’s finest young men who served the United States during WWII. RANDALL L. RASMUSSEN, M.D. used his father’s memoirs, “From a B-17 to Stalag 17B,” as the basis for this book. Dr. Rasmussen also explored William Rasmussen’s notes, the verbal history that he recorded at the local library, research material, and recollections of the narratives he heard his father tell so many times over the years. William Rasmussen was a popular guest speaker at press clubs, library clubs and service organizations in Michigan’s lower peninsula near his home. His narratives were enjoyed immensely since he had a special gift of being able to captivate audiences as they shared his experiences flying over Nazi Germany and being a prisoner of war.