The Secret Rescue

The Secret Rescue

An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

Book - 2014
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"THE SECRET RESCUE combines all of the elements that draw us to WWII stories: the daring of The Guns of Navarone, the suspense of The Great Escape, and the bravery reminiscent of Ill Met by Moonlight. It's the inclusion of so many women, though, that makes this story unique.'' -- Daily Beast

This mesmerizing account of the courage and bravery of ordinary women and men reveals for the first time an astonishing true story of heroic struggle and endurance.

When twenty-six Army Air Force flight nurses and medics boarded a military transport plane in November 1943 on a mission to evacuate wounded and sick troops, they didn't anticipate a crash landing in Nazi territory.

Emerging from their battered aircraft, the Americans found themselves in Albania, a country rife with chaos and danger. With hunger and sickness as their constant companions, they hid at night with courageous villagers who shared what little food they had, risking death at Nazi hands by doing so. For months, they prayed desperately to be rescued while doing everything they could to survive.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9780316220248
Branch Call Number: 940.54494965 Lin
Characteristics: xiii, 302 p. : ill., maps


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Jan 29, 2017

The generosity of the Albanian people astonished me. Poor as they were, they shared what little food they had with the Americans.

Feb 25, 2014

Fascinating story about a little known incident in Albania during WWII. If only one of the nurses involved had still been alive to give her story. Kept your interest throughout the book.

Nov 06, 2013

This is what they call a "gripping story, and it's true. I felt like I went through it with the people involved. It also includes historical details woven in, which means I learned something. Very thoroughly researched.

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