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Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines
     

Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines

2.8 5
by Timothy M. Gay
 

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Savage Will brings to life a remarkable story of perseverance, heroism, and survival: the true tale of the American medics and nurses who endured two months in Nazi-occupied Albania—and the fearless citizens and Allied intelligence officers who risked all to save them.

On a cold morning in war-ravaged Sicily in 1943, men and women of the 807th

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Savage Will brings to life a remarkable story of perseverance, heroism, and survival: the true tale of the American medics and nurses who endured two months in Nazi-occupied Albania—and the fearless citizens and Allied intelligence officers who risked all to save them.

On a cold morning in war-ravaged Sicily in 1943, men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron boarded a routine flight to the Italian mainland to care for wounded soldiers. En route, their plane became lost in storm clouds looming over the Adriatic Sea, drifted hundreds of miles off course, and crash-landed in remote mountainous Albania.

Stranded without proper winter clothing or weapons, the Americans were trapped hundreds blizzard-plagued miles from Allied lines in a country torn apart by rival bands of pro- and anti-German guerrillas.

What followed is the most thrilling untold story of World War II—a saga that would ensnare a cast of hundreds, from President Roosevelt and top Allied intelligence officials to a host of brave Albanian Resistance fighters, the British and U.S. Mediterranean air forces, and the gritty officers sent behind enemy lines to rescue them: a dashing English lieutenant and a tenacious American captain.

Hunted by German soldiers, the American castaways were forced to rely on what one survivor called their “savage will” to elude their enemy and ultimately find their way to freedom. Savage Will is a testament to a generation who defied all odds.

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“[A] moving story of survival, heroism, and escape.”—Alex Kershaw, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Liberator
 
“A must-read espionage and survival story…This is Argo meets Ernest Shackleton during WWII’s darkest days.”—Marcus Brotherton, Author of Shifty’s War

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451419132
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“[A] moving story of survival, heroism, and escape.”—Alex Kershaw, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Liberator
 
“A must-read espionage and survival story…This is Argo meets Ernest Shackleton during WWII’s darkest days.”—Marcus Brotherton, Author of Shifty’s War

Meet the Author

Timothy M. Gay is the award-winning author of Assignment to Hell, Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson, and Tris Speaker: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend. His essays and op-ed pieces on American history, politics, public policy, and sports have appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, USA Today, and many other publications. A graduate of Georgetown University, where he majored in American history, Tim lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

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Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RonaldAngu More than 1 year ago
I tried to make it through this book but couldn't. His writing style really needs work and did not do justice to this potentially good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the first post. Clearly it is evident he did not take the time to research this story adequately as it does not reflect actual events. It almost seems like it should be fiction. His writing style makes it very tough to keep reading. This is the second book I attempted to read by Timothy Gay and both were attempts to rewrite stories that have been told before. This one is paralleled to attempting to write the story of Unbroken without the assistance of Louis Zamperini.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, have been looking forward to hearing about this story for some time. Would recommend it to anyone who loves WWII history, a great story or a captivating book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best stories about World War II that I've read. Very well researched and artfully written, I was captivated from page one. The author has an alluring and easy-going style of portraying the characters which makes the book all the more enjoyable. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A knock off of the Secret Rescue, this book is an attempt to tell the story but lacks the depth of research, and first had account of Harold Hays (sole survivor) who decided to work with Cate Lineberry in her book. Being a family member and having read an advance copy of the book, I can say I am disappointed in the inaccuracies portrayed.