Captain Robert Hatch

Captain Robert Hatch

This former college American Football player became volunteer recruited into Canadian forces prior to 7th December 1941, this headstrong American led a small part of the I'll fated allied assault upon the port of Dieppe, which led to his capture.Always seeking ways to flee, it gained him the ironic nickname of 'Hatch', after several ... Show more »
This former college American Football player became volunteer recruited into Canadian forces prior to 7th December 1941, this headstrong American led a small part of the I'll fated allied assault upon the port of Dieppe, which led to his capture.Always seeking ways to flee, it gained him the ironic nickname of 'Hatch', after several attempts failed.Each attempt gave him an improved ability to analyse guard routines, and further ability with the French language. Being without strong family ties, he became a forthright risk taker who frustrated the P.O.W. Camp allied leadership with escape plans, that they used to improve their own efforts.It was during the German investigation of an 'Escapee tragedy' , while relaxing with a Hut soccer kick about that his request to reclaim the ball from a senior German Officer sparked the notion of a morale boosting football match against the nearby German guard barracks.It was only when his own escape became jeopardized by guard shift to the camp football team, that he determined to become the team trainer. While supporting the players, it was discovered he had enough talent to become a substitute goalkeeper for the team.Had a successful escape just ahead of the planned propaganda football match. After returned to camp he influenced a French resistance decision to aid a full team escape, that the football team declined.Participated in the propaganda match as Allied nations only goalkeeper, whose penalty save at final whistle, resulted in a triumphant score draw.Last seen escaping stadium surrounded by jubilant local French townsfolk in Paris, then disappeared. Show less «
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