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

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

byStephen Harding

Paperback | June 3, 2014

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May, 1945. Hitler is dead, the Third Reich is little more than smoking rubble, and no GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Nazis.

The Last Battle tells the nearly unbelievable story of the unlikeliest battle of the war, when a small group of American tankers, led by Captain Lee, joined forces with German soldiers to fight off fanatical SS troops seeking to capture Castle Itter and execute the stronghold's VIP prisoners. It is a tale of unlikely allies, startling bravery, jittery suspense, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.

About The Author

Stephen Harding is a longtime journalist specializing in military affairs. For nearly two decades he was on the staff of Soldiers, the official magazine of the US Army. Currently he is editor-in-chief of Military History magazine. The author of seven previous non-fiction books, he lives in northern Virginia.

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Title:The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in…Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306822962

ISBN - 13:9780306822964

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“The Last Battle combines good history and good storytelling. Harding writes with the skill and grace of a novelist but also the authority of an historian who has done some rather remarkable research into a previously lost chapter from World War II's final days. I had trouble putting this book down, and I think you will, too.”—John C. McManus, author of September Hope“The Nazis capture two former Prime Ministers of France (who detest each other) and lock them in a medieval castle in Austria. A handful of intrepid American soldiers sets out to rescue them. And then...well, you'll have to read The Last Battle to find out what happened. It's going to make a fantastic action movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger, call your agent!”—Peter Carlson, author of K Blows TopSan Diego Union Tribune, 4/28/13“At the heart of The Last Battle is a largely unknown story that (a) seems implausible, (b) would make a great movie, and (c) reminds us that almost 70 years after the end of World War II there are countless tales still to be toldHarding's skills as a researcher and dedicated historian are apparent[A] moment-by-moment real-time report of the events from the viewpoints of the Americans and prisonersPage-turningHarding has brought the implausible story to life.”