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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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“Amazing… Timothy M. Gay’s book informs us of the courage and ‘savage will’ of the men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron after their Dakota C-53 aircraft crashed-landed in Nazi-held Albania, 850 miles from Allied lines…. As this was one of the rare cases of women being trapped behind enemy lines, the British SOE and the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), along with the Allied air forces, put together a desperate rescue mission to get the nurses and medics out of Albania. Looking over their shoulders with impatience were FDR and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill…. This interesting, well-researched story reads like a thriller, and I suspect, like Argo, it would make an interesting movie.” —The Washington Times

“New and surprising… will shed light on an area you have likely heard little about, and it tells a fine story, worthy of cinematic adaptation.” —America in WWII

“Powerful, intriguing, well-researched, and fierce. Savage Will is a must-read espionage and survival story that will appeal to fans of military non-fiction everywhere. This is Argo meets Ernest Shackleton during WWII’s darkest days.”—Marcus Brotherton, Author of Shifty’s War

Savage Will is a wonderfully entertaining and moving story of survival, heroism, and escape, one of the best to emerge from World War II.”—Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Liberator

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451419132
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,472,450
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    I tried to make it through this book but couldn't. His writing s

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    I have to agree with the first post. Clearly it is evident he d

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    This is one of the best stories about World War II that I've rea

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    A knock off of the Secret Rescue, this book is an attempt to tel

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Great book, have been looking forward to hearing about this stor

    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.

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