"I was with three other would-be escapers
. I was with Johnny Crazier because he was the one with the set of maps."
In telling his part of the story in interviews in his later years, because by then enough had already been told about the escape from Dehra Dun in the published accounts of the other escapers
, Treipl focussed on the time after he left the group which had reached Tibet.
To reach freedom the most famous escapers
of modern times have been willing to pull off the impossible: their adventures and struggles are related in The Greatest Escape Stories Ever Told: a blend of history and drama which presents riveting stores of escape, from battling the Bastille to swimming shark-infested waters to avoid the Japanese during the war.
The ease with which the escapers
were supposedly able to dig, undetected and with unerring accuracy, a 44-metre tunnel scarcely 70cm wide, from their basement cell to the women's section of the nearby Al Awqaf mosque (the least frequented section of the building) over two months, left little doubt they had considerable help from PSO personnel, probably at a high level.
It is not known if the escapers
have been recaptured.
The most notable of the escapers
were Melville, Coghill and Smith-Dorrien.
The experiences of the escapers
on the run at the end of March 1944 through meter-deep snow, rather than across the sunny summer landscapes shown in the movie, the apprehension ultimately of all but three of them, and the brutal shooting on the side of highways or in out-of-the-way meadows of the majority "while trying to flee again," are presented more succinctly, but with undisguised admiration for the courage and sacrifice of the victims.
Moran appears uncertain whether to embrace the neo-liberal verities of "revisionist" scholars, such as David Fitzpatrick or Donald Akenson, or to cleave to what the latter condemn as "old-fashioned" nationalist interpretations--of the Irish emigrants as impoverished, homesick, embittered "exiles," for example, instead of fortunate "escapers
" and eager protoentrepreneurs.
Armed with five smuggled handguns, the escapers
managed to take over the H7 Block and hijack the prison's food lorry, filling it with 38 republican prisoners.
The result is a thorough, if rather lengthy, study of situations in which the interests of the church as the dispenser of mercy and compassion to all, including condemned criminals, often conflicted with the needs of the state to punish those whom it considered to be escapers
As it was, the escapers
could exit only when the guard outside the fence was at the far end of his beat, which slowed down the exodus.
ONE of the "Alcatraz escapers
" broke his leg in two places as he fled Pentonville prison.