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The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europeby Stephen Harding
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May 1945. Hitler is dead, and the Third Reich little more than smoking rubble. No GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Nazis. But for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his men, there is one more mission: rescue fourteen prominent French prisoners held in an SS-guarded castle high in the Austrian Alps. It’s a dangerous mission, but Lee has help from a decorated German Wehrmacht officer and his men, who voluntarily join the fight.
Based on personal memoirs, author interviews, and official American, German, and French histories, The Last Battle is the nearly unbelievable story of the most improbable battle of World War II—a tale of unlikely allies, bravery, cowardice, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.
The true story of US and German soldiers fighting side by side in the final days of WWII
May, 1945. Hitler is dead, the Third Reich is little more than smoking rubble, and no GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Nazis.
The Last Battle tells the nearly unbelievable story of the unlikeliest battle of the war, when a small group of American tankers, led by Captain Lee, joined forces with German soldiers to fight off fanatical SS troops seeking to capture Castle Itter and execute the stronghold's VIP prisoners. It is a tale of unlikely allies, startling bravery, jittery suspense, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.
Based on official American, German,and French histories; personal memoirs; and author interviews; The Last Battle is the nearly unbelievable true story of the most improbable battle of World War II—a tale of unlikely allies, bravery and cowardice, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.
Steven Spielberg, how did you miss this story? ...Part Where Eagles Dare, part Guns of Navarone, this story is as exciting as it is far-fetched, [yet] every word of The Last Battle is true.”—Andrew Roberts,Daily Beast
Harding has brought this implausible story to life.”—San Diego Union Tribune
A page-turner.”—Roanoke Times
About the Author
Stephen Harding was a longtime managing editor at Soldiers, the official U.S. Army magazine, and is currently senior editor at Military History magazine. He has contributed more than 300 articles to various military, aviation and maritime periodicals. As a defense journalist Harding covered has covered the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and, most recently, Iraq.
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