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Author Gay, Timothy M.

Title Savage will : the daring escape of Americans trapped behind Nazi lines / Timothy M. Gay.

Publication Info. New York, New York, USA : NAL Caliber, [2013]
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  940.5421965 GAY    AVAILABLE
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Description xii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-298) and index.
Contents Prologue: Saving the "Flower of American Womanhood" -- Lost in the Fog of War -- Furtuna over the Ionian -- The Crash-Landing: Americanos! Americanos! -- Surreal Heroes in Berat -- Separation: The Germans Attack -- Surviving the Blizzard on Mount Tomorrit -- Averting a German Avalanche -- The Air Rescue Goes Awry -- Crawling Around the Enemy -- Final Dash to Freedom -- Rescuing the Missing Three -- Epilogue: Never Too Late to Salute Heroes.
Summary "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 even weapons, the Americans were trapped 850 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Albania.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Mediterranean Region.
Medical personnel -- History -- 20th century.
Nurses -- History -- 20th century.
Combat survival -- History -- 20th century.
Escapes -- Albania -- History -- 20th century.
Rescues -- Albania -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service.
ISBN 9780451419132 (hardback)
0451419138 (hardback)
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