The Last Battle

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.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2013
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306822087
Characteristics: vii, 223 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Oct 23, 2013

Interesting and unexpected Canadian connection to this little known story of the last days of WWII

Oct 02, 2013

A good book that got me interested in the small unknown battles of WWII. A lot of history and back story on the lives of the prisoners, felt a bit like a French history class at first. Still a good read and exciting story.


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Feb 13, 2016

While thrilled to have been rescued, the VIPs were obviously not willing to let go of the enmity, rivalries, and petty backbiting that had characterized their time at Schloss Itter.


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