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Behind Nazi lines : my father's heroic quest to save 149 World War II POWs  Cover Image Book Book

Behind Nazi lines : my father's heroic quest to save 149 World War II POWs / Andrew Gerow Hodges Jr. and Denise George.

Hodges, Andrew G., (author.). George, Denise, (author.).


"In 1944, hundreds of Allied soldiers were trapped in POW camps in occupied France. The odds of their survival were long. The odds of escaping, even longer. But one man had the courage to fight the odds. An elite British S.A.S. operative on an assassination mission gone wrong. A Jewish New Yorker injured in a Nazi ambush. An eighteen-year-old Gary Cooper lookalike from Mobile, Alabama. These men and hundreds of other soldiers found themselves in the prisoner-of-war camps off the Atlantic coast of occupied France, fighting brutal conditions and unsympathetic captors. But, miraculously, local villagers were able to smuggle out a message from the camp, one that reached the Allies and sparked a remarkable quest by an unlikely--and truly inspiring--hero. Andy Hodges had been excluded from military service due to a lingering shoulder injury from his college-football days. Devastated but determined, Andy refused to sit at home while his fellow Americans risked their lives, so he joined the Red Cross, volunteering for the toughest assignments on the most dangerous battlefields. In the fall of 1944, Andy was tapped for what sounded like a suicide mission: a desperate attempt to aid the Allied POWs in occupied France--alone and unarmed, matching his wits against the Nazi war machine. Despite the likelihood of failure, Andy did far more than deliver much-needed supplies. By the end of the year, he had negotiated the release of an unprecedented 149 prisoners--leaving no one behind. This is the true story of one man's selflessness, ingenuity, and victory in the face of impossible adversity"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780425276464
  • ISBN: 0425276465
  • Physical Description: xi, 351 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2015.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-333) and index.
Subject: Hodges, Andrew Gerow, 1918-2005.
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 94th > Biography.
American Red Cross > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Prisoners and prisons, German.
World War, 1939-1945 > War work > Red Cross.
Prisoners of war > United States > Biography.
Prisoners of war > France > Saint-Nazaire > Biography.
Saint-Nazaire (France) > History, Military > 20th century.
France > History > German occupation, 1940-1945.

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Erlanger Branch 940.5472 H688b 2015 (Text) 33126020832337 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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