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

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

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


May 1945. Hitler is dead, and the Third Reich little more than smoking rubble. No GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Nazis. But for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his men, there is one more mission: rescue fourteen prominent French prisoners held in an SS-guarded castle high in the Austrian Alps. It’s a dangerous mission, but Lee has help from a decorated German Wehrmacht officer and his men, who voluntarily join the fight.

Based on personal memoirs, author interviews, and official American, German, and French histories, The Last Battle is the nearly unbelievable story of the most improbable battle of World War II—a tale of unlikely allies, bravery, cowardice, and desperate combat between implacable enemies.

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ISBN-13: 9780306822087
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen Harding was a longtime managing editor at Soldiers, the official U.S. Army magazine, and is currently senior editor at Military History magazine. He has contributed more than 300 articles to various military, aviation and maritime periodicals. As a defense journalist Harding covered has covered the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and, most recently, Iraq.

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The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MidoriMusic More than 1 year ago
This book was an enjoyable read for the WWII history buff. It was a bit too involved with details that did not lend to the story line and took us into French politics and infighting too much. It was, however, most informative about the confusion that took place at the end of the war. I think we forget that it was not an easily wrapped up package. The author helped to clarify this feeling of confusion and gave us some food for thought as we wrap up our own decade of conflict.
dodger99 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding historical narritive! The author takes no artistic liberties and tells it like it is. Setting the stage for a telling of real life events that Hollywood could never do better, and all of it really happened!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Military History buff, fan and historian for most of my life. I specialize in World War II, this is one story I had never heard about before perhaps because it is so little known. Mr. Harding weaves a tale that appears to be fiction since it is so amazing,. Actually, it is quite true.  Members of the American Army, the German Army and the SS working together to save French VIPs scheduled to be assasinated.  Mr. Harding is a very gifted writer, he writes in such a way to keep the reader engrossed and wanting to know more. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is well researched and well written story of a very unusual battle. The basic outline of the story is clear from the publisher's write-up and I won't repeat it. While very good, I wish that better maps and drawings of the area in general and of the battles and movements described in the book had been included and this lack is the main reason I did not give it five stars. Given that most of the people who participated in this action on either side are now dead, Mr. Harding is to be commended for his work in capturing this story before it was lost to history. It is too much to hope for I know, but it would be very interesting if any of the SS troops could be found to explain more about what orders, if any, they had received and led to the attack. I hope that if the publicity surrounding the book brings forward more participants that a revised edition could be released (with better maps!). This story, improbable but true, seems tailor made to be filmed, so I wouldn't be surprised to see that in a few years. Buy and read this book now and you will agree.
USAF-SAC More than 1 year ago
I found the first 80 to 90 pages of interest only to a serious student of WW II History. The rest of the book gave an excellent account of "The Last Battle", except for the last 80 to 90 pages would be of interest only to a serious student of WW II History. Too detailed to make it a pleasant read.
Anonymous 15 days ago
This novel is about 285 pages ( small print). Before detailing the battle, the author goes into great detail about the politics of the time and also gives a detailed introduction into each of the the 15 French prisoners being held as well as those of the Germans who helped protect them. This would differently make a great Hollywood movie. At the end of the battle, the author gives the reader a final look at all that participated in the battle and what became of them.
gaznam More than 1 year ago
A different World War II story. Very interesting and unusual story of how the American and Germans worked together near the end of the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The majority of the book talks about the backgrounds of all the key players in the battle. The problem with this is that the battle takes up maybe 10 pages in the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a ww2 addict and ive never heard about it.
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Loved it! The book was so well written and very informative. Truly a great read. -Lauren S.
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writer-historyreader More than 1 year ago
Too much of this book could have been yanked from Wiki as it fills in the background of the folks involved. The actual battle is rather slim. We're told that there was a lot of risk involved, but most folks traveled around the battle area without having any problem. There's nothing from the hostile German side and little evidence of more than one bit of artillery. There seems to be too much hype and not enough beef here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gets better but starts slow  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sh licked his ears comfortingly.