The Last Battle

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The Last Battle

Postby OldCannon » Mon May 13, 2013 9:14 pm

Boy, they say truth can be stranger than fiction, and here it is!

Did you know one of the final battles during WW2 consisted of Americans and Germans..... fighting together... to save a bunch of snotty French VIPs!

Knock me over with a feather!

Stephen Harding writes a wonderful, fact-filled book about how an American tank commander and his crew, alongside former Nazi Germans, fought off an attack on a medieval castle that was hosting "VIP" prisoners from France. This one is bound to become a movie!

The story starts off slow, because Stephen Harding goes into meticulous details about the brash Americans, the stoic Germans who struggled for their patriotic identity, and the French VIP prisoners would seemed to spend a lot of energy hating each other (they were drawn from harshly different political ideologies - imagine Obama, Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi, and Ted Cruz all forced to be prisoners in a small Austrian castle!). About halfway through though, it picks up nicely with all the different paths coming together. It was a fun read.

Here's an article from The Daily Caller about the book (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... ether.html) and, of course, the mandatory Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Battle-G ... 0306822083
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Re: The Last Battle

Postby surprise_i'm_armed » Mon May 13, 2013 9:31 pm

During the final days of WWII, Nazi troops that met American troops wanted the Americans
to join up with Germans to fight the Communist Russians. That didn't happen, but looking
back on it.....what if it had?

Things that make you go hmmmm........

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Re: The Last Battle

Postby TLE2 » Mon May 13, 2013 10:22 pm

I think Patton wanted to just continue to roll east, but that may just be from the movie.
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Re: The Last Battle

Postby jimlongley » Tue May 14, 2013 9:45 am

TLE2 wrote:I think Patton wanted to just continue to roll east, but that may just be from the movie.


No, it's from Patton (the movie) but he did feel that way, and a lot of the "Nazi" troops at that point in time were merely conscripts into the German Army because we had killed off most of the cream of the crop, and a lot of them were perceptive enough to know that although they were bound to lose their country no matter what, losing it to us was a much better choice than losing it to the soviets.
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Re: The Last Battle

Postby The Annoyed Man » Tue May 14, 2013 4:25 pm

Kindled it. Thanks for the tip.
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