Rite of Passage: A Teenager's Chronicle of Combat and Captivity in Nazi Germany by Ray Matheny, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Rite of Passage: A Teenager's Chronicle of Combat and Captivity in Nazi Germany

Rite of Passage: A Teenager's Chronicle of Combat and Captivity in Nazi Germany

by Ray Matheny
     
 

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Drawing on a vast array of original source material that has survived for decades and previously classified information, this thrilling narrative history documents a young soldier’s miraculous survival in war-torn Europe during World War II. Soon after joining the U.S. Army Corps, a wiry, baby-faced 17-year-old found himself a seasoned warrior

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Drawing on a vast array of original source material that has survived for decades and previously classified information, this thrilling narrative history documents a young soldier’s miraculous survival in war-torn Europe during World War II. Soon after joining the U.S. Army Corps, a wiry, baby-faced 17-year-old found himself a seasoned warrior desperately battling head-to-head against the Luftwaffe’s best fighter pilots over Nazi Germany. Having amazingly escaped the fiery wreckage of his B-17, he relied on his ingenuity and determination to get him through two bitter winters in confinement as a POW in the infamous Stalag 17. Along with other American prisoners, he was coerced to flee the rapidly advancing Red Army as the European war came to a close and endure a brutal 18-day march where he witnessed firsthand the horrors of the Mauthausen concentration camp. Weighing an emaciated 110 pounds, he was finally rescued by Patton’s Third Army just days before Germany surrendered.

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"Both unique and compelling . . . a haunting reminder of the personal tragedies that occurred each day in the skies over Germany, the deadliest battlefront of World War II."  —DeLoy Spencer, Hill AeroSpace Museum

"An amazing sequence of challenging experiences—most amazing of all, he survived. This is a great book."  —Russell A. Madsen, flight engineer, B-17G, 350th Sqdrn, 100th BG

"This book is not only fascinating, but it also opened my eyes to an entirely new perspective . . . a discovery of the similarities between the German and American airmen. . . and this book only stands to confirm the madness of our ever having shot at each other in the first place."  —Gen. Johannes Steinhoff, former Luftwaffe ace and decorated German war hero, from the foreword

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981848914
Publisher:
American Legacy Media
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

DeLoy Spencer

Both unique and compelling . . . a haunting reminder of the personal tragedies that occurred each day in the skies over Germany, the deadliest battlefront of World War II. (DeLoy Spencer, Hill AeroSpace Museum)

Russell A. Madsen

An amazing sequence of challenging experiences-most amazing of all, he survived. This is a great book. (Russell A. Madsen, flight engineer, B-17G, 350th Sqdrn, 100th BG)

Meet the Author


Ray Matheny served as a flight engineer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and as an aircraft inspector for the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He went on to distinguished careers as an archaeologist, professor, researcher, and scholar and is still an active participant in archaeological digs around the world. He lives in Lindon, Utah. Gen. Johannes Steinhoff was a highly decorated pilot in the German Luftwaffe during World War II who later became commander of the West German Air Force and chairman of the NATO Military Committee. He was the author of The Final Hours, Messershmitts Over Sicily, and Voices from the Third Reich: An Oral History.

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