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Author Harding, Stephen, 1952-

Title The last battle : when U.S. and German soldiers joined forces in the waning hours of World War II in Europe / Stephen Harding.

Publication Info. Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    940.54 HAR    Available
Description vii, 223 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A mountain stronghold -- First arrivals -- Lovers, friends, and rivals -- A growing peril -- An uncertain future -- Tankers on the march -- A castle besieged -- Aftermath.
Summary "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."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Daladier, Edouard, 1884-1970 -- Captivity, 1940-1945.
Reynaud, Paul, 1878-1966 -- Captivity, 1940-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Austria -- Tyrol.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German.
Prisoners of war -- Austria -- Itter -- History -- 20th century.
Prisoners of war -- France -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780306822087 (hardcover: alkaline paper)
0306822083 (hardcover: alkaline paper)
9780306822094 (e-book)
0306822091 (ebk.)

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