true story buddy ,,sorry to tell ya , this is his grandson and can assure you it happened,have pics to prove,,happened well before the great escape even thought of ,,,real life,,,
Don't be sorry. I would love to know the truth about this. It seems that the only version of the story that's around at the moment is the one told in the biography, which was the basis of the story used in the film - which did obviously borrow lots of events that happened to other people. The Great Escape being just one of them.
I don't mean that it borrowed from the film of The Great Escape but from the real Great Escape.
So where are the pics? Which PoW camp did they escape from where they had a long tunnel? Most escapes like that are the well documented ones that happened from the RAF officers-only camps run by the Luftwaffe. Charles Coward was in the Army and the story in the biography has him escaping from a camp for other ranks that was run by the German army
It wouldn't be the first time a film-maker had done something like that. But they usually have the decency not to claim that it's a true story. This one makes the big claim on-screen that it's a true story - when it patently isn't
I agree. This was not the real thing. Poor diablo probably reveres his grandfather, and just because he was a "technical adviser" on the film does not prove jack sh*t. So-called technical advisers on films have been disproven in the past. "Oh, I wrote this true story about me, and I wrote a book about it (who is to say it is false if the others died) and I will be a technical adviser on the film". BS.
Total BS. Wake up diablo, your grandfather was a great storyteller. And a POW. It easy to claim the "truth" when the others who could refute such "truth" are gone. My research, extensive, shows that granddaddy could not have done such exploits. But it makes for great family myths.
Photos, yeah like another poster said, let's see them. But what will the prove? Yada yada yada.