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

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

by Timothy M. Gay


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Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines by Timothy M. Gay

In the tradition of incredible true stories from The Great Escape to Argo, Savage Will recounts a tale of survival, daring, and evasion behind enemy lines: that of American medics and nurses stranded for two months in Nazi-occupied Albania.
In 1943, men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron boarded a routine flight from Sicily to the Italian mainland to care for wounded soldiers. En route, their plane drifted hundreds of miles off course and crash-landed in remote mountainous Albania.
The unarmed Americans were trapped hundreds of blizzard-plagued miles from Allied lines, in a country torn apart by rival bands of pro- and anti-German guerrillas. Hunted by German soldiers, the castaways relied on what one survivor called their “savage will” to elude their enemy and find their way to freedom.

What followed is the most thrilling untold story of World War II—a saga reaching 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 dashing English lieutenant and the tenacious American captain sent behind enemy lines to carry out a heroic rescue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451419149
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Saving the "Flower of American Womanhood" 1

Chapter 1 Lost in the Fog of War 7

Chapter 2 Furtuna over the Ionian 15

Chapter 3 The Crash-landing-Americano! Americano! 43

Chapter 4 Surreal Heroes in Berat 75

Chapter 5 Separation-The Germans Attack 101

Chapter 6 Surviving the Blizzard on Mount Tomorrit 135

Chapter 7 Averting a German Avalanche 163

Chapter 8 The Air Rescue Goes Awry 187

Chapter 9 Crawling Around the Enemy 201

Chapter 10 Final Dash to Freedom 221

Chapter 11 Rescuing the Missing Three 243

Epilogue: Never Too Late to Salute Heroes 253

Time Line 281

Acknowledgments 287

Bibliography 291

Notes 299

Index 323

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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

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Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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.
STEPHEN DUFFY More than 1 year ago
I am the Son, of Lieutenant Gary Duffy and can fully condone this excellent book and the informative style in which it was written. The portrayal of my Father, in particular and all his mannerisms were spot on. I have read the book from cover to cover and consider this to be very well written accurate and factual account. This is a must read. Beautifully written!
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.