Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Remarkable Story On U.S. And German Soldiers Joining Forces Near The End Of The Second World War To Battle Against An SS Division

‘The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe’ By Stephen Harding. 256 pages. Da Capo. $25.99.

Andrew Roberts, Daily Beast: World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie.

The most extraordinary things about Stephen Harding's The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after Hitler’s suicide—three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. ‘Jack’ Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and Eduard Daladier and former commanders-in-chief Generals Maxime Weygand and Paul Gamelin, amongst several others.

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WNU Editor: A remarkable story. Hat tip to Phill for this link.


Hamilcar Barca said...

There is a music abouth this battle: SABATON - The Last Battle !

Jatin Malik said...

स्वीडन: गैंगरेप को फेसबुक पर लाइव करने वाले 3 शख्स गिरफ्तार
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fred lapides said...

Perhaps joining the winning side made more sense than supporting a murderous gang such as the SS when it was clear the war was over