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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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.
What a fantastic read! I can't wait til the while book comes out in May. I flew through the first 100 pages. I even pulled a map out. The descriptions in this book make you "see". My only regret is not having read this whilst in Germany. I guess I will have to return. I will use this book as my map. Well done! Looking forward to the rest of the book.
The event described is fairly unique and worthy of telling. However the author is overly caught up in minute details. probably because there really isn't that much to tell about the actual battle. But the research into the details is interesting.