4-4-43: Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess and The Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific
On the morning of April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners-of-war and two Filipino convicts commenced perhaps the most impossible mission of World War II – they broke out of the Davao Penal Colony, an allegedly escape-proof Imperial Japanese Army prison plantation in the Philippines. Called “the Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific” by the U.S. War Department in 1944, the account of the escape and the atrocities they endured at the hands of their fanatic captors – including the most monstrous war crime in American military history, the infamous Bataan Death March – has been all but lost to history due to wartime censorship, politically-driven policy and other circumstances. Until now.
As seen through the eyes of Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess, one of the war’s most extraordinary, yet little-known heroes, this astonishing, true action adventure tale is finally told in full in a groundbreaking new documentary film titled “4-4-43.”
An educational and entertaining epic documentary film, “4-4-43” is a quintessential American tale of fate, faith, sacrifice, heroism, teamwork and inspirational triumph over long odds – without a doubt the most significant POW story in American history, perhaps the true great escape of World War II, and most certainly the “Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific.”
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