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The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

 
 
Author
Cate Lineberry.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780316220224
Pages/Publication Date 303/2013
Daedalus Item Code 60508
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(Edgar Award Finalist) When 26 American flight nurses and medics were sent to evacuate wounded and sick troops in November 1943, they didn't anticipate their transport plane crash-landing in Albania, which had fallen into chaos after being overtaken by the Nazis. They endured hunger and sickness over the next two months, hiding at night with villagers who risked torture and execution to offer them food and shelter, and ultimately traveling more than 600 miles before most of them were rescued. Yet for three of these nurses, separated from the group, their ordeal would last another 63 days, and even after they returned home, no one could speak of their ordeal without endangering the ones who had sacrificed so much to help them. A former editor for National Geographic and the web edition of Smithsonian Magazine, Cate Lineberry offers a gripping account of a heroic rescue effort that could only be told after the fall of communism in Albania.

"A touching, thrilling, completely engrossing story of great courage under harrowing circumstances. This is a World War II story that few people have ever heard, but, after reading this book, no one will forget."—Candice Millard

"The 13 female nurses and 17 men who survived the crash were faced with ensuring their own survival in hostile territory, brutal weather, and mountainous terrain, under the constant threat of Nazi capture. With the help of villagers, Albanian resisters, and British officers, 27 of the survivors trekked more than 600 miles for 62 days before they were rescued. Three nurses who'd been separated from the group were also eventually rescued after spending 135 harrowing days in Albania. Lineberry draws on interviews, diaries, and archival material to recount an amazing WWII survival-and-rescue story that had remained untold by the military and the survivors themselves, who were fearful of the cost to those who helped them."—Booklist

 
 
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