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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Da Capo Press, May 7, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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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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This is one of the best written books about the second war that I have ever read. I now have two copies in my house one for me and one to loan out to other people. I tend to get the book back fast as it is not very long but everyone returns the books telling me how interesting it was. Read full review

Contents

PRELUDE
FIRST ARRIVALS
A GROWING PERIL
AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
TANKERS ON THE MARCH
A CASTLE BESIEGED
AFTERMATH
NOTES
INDEX
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As a journalist specializing in military affairs, Stephen Harding has reported from Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Iraq. Currently senior editor at Military History magazine, he lives in Virginia.

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