Patton's Last Gamble: The Disastrous Raid On POW Camp Hammelburg In World War II
- Warfare, World War II, American History
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Blood, guts, and no glory
George S. Patton was one of World War II’s most reckless and arrogant generals, but he always got results—until his luck ran out in March, 1945. Against the advice of his top subordinates, Patton created a special task force to venture more than fifty miles behind enemy lines and liberate a POW camp near Hammelburg, Germany. The camp held some 1,500 American prisoners, including Patton’s son-in-law. Hampered by ambushes and a lack of fuel and even maps, the raid was a disaster. Out of some 300 men, only three dozen returned.
Based on memoirs, diaries, combat reports, and interviews with survivors, Patton’s Last Gamble vividly recounts a mission Gen. Omar Bradley later said “began as a wild goose chase and ended in tragedy.”
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|Release Date:||April 18, 2018|