The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe

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The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe

Format:  Hardcover,

223 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: May 2013

ISBN-13: 9780306822087

ISBN-10: 0306822083

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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.

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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: May 2013
ISBN-13: 9780306822087
ISBN-10: 0306822083
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 223
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Preludep. 1
A Mountain Strongholdp. 5
First Arrivalsp. 25
Lovers, Friends, and Rivalsp. 43
A Growing Perilp. 67
An Uncertain Futurep. 91
Tankers on the Marchp. 113
A Castle Besiegedp. 135
Aftermathp. 161
Acknowledgmentsp. 175
Bibliographyp. 179
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 209

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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.

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