Behind Hitler's Lines: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II

Behind Hitler's Lines: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II

Thomas H. Taylor


because the 20th century closed, the veterans of its defining struggle gave up the ghost at a cost of one thousand consistent with day. thankfully, D-Day paratrooper Joseph Beyrle met writer Thomas H. Taylor in time to checklist in the back of Hitler's strains, the real tale of the 1st American paratrooper to land in Normandy and the single soldier to struggle for either the us and the Soviet Union opposed to Nazi Germany.

It is a narrative of conflict, by way of a succession of captures, escapes, recaptures, and re-escapes, then conflict once again, within the ultimate months of struggling with at the jap entrance. For those distinct studies, either President invoice Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin venerated Joe Beyrle at the 50th anniversary of V-E Day. Beyrle didn't attempt to be part of heritage, yet historical past stored vacationing him. two times sooner than the invasion he parachuted into Normandy, bearing gold for the French resistance.

D Day ended in his catch, and he was once unsuitable for a German line-crosser - a soldier who had, in truth, died within the test. finally Joe used to be held below shield on the American embassy in Moscow, suspected of being a Nazi murderer. Fingerprints kept him, confirming that he'd been wounded 5 instances, and that he bore a safe-conduct move written via marshal Zhukov after the Wehrmacht wrested Joe, at gunpoint, from execution by means of the Gestapo.

In the ruins of Warsaw his existence was once stored back, this time through Polish nuns. a few of Joe's tale is in his personal phrases - a voice that would be one of the final and top we pay attention firsthand from global warfare II.

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