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Operation Swallow: American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp

Mark Felton



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Icon Books
01 December 2019
History; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Second World War; Prisoners of war
Operation Swallow is the true story of how a small group of American soldiers, inspired by a charismatic but reluctant leader named Hans Kasten, worked to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a Nazi plan to turn Jewish prisoners of war into concentration camp slaves.

It begins in the snowy forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the charnel house of Buchenwald concentration camp in spring 1945. It is a remarkable battle of wills between a young GI thrust into a leadership position he didn't want and an SS officer who will stop at nothing to complete his orders.

Written from personal testimonies and official documents, it is an escape story replete with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair and salvation. Even more remarkably, it is a story that has barely been told before, a chapter of US military history that the American government tried to suppress for decades - and an uplifting story that deserves to be widely known.
By:   Mark Felton
Imprint:   Icon Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781785785993
ISBN 10:   1785785990
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Felton is the author of numerous books on military history, including Castle of the Eagles ('an extraordinary and largely forgotten wartime story, brought back to life in this Boys' Own account' - Daily Mail) and Zero Night ('a thundering good read' - History of War), both of which are in development as Hollywood movies.

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