The french company has acquired movie rights to stephen hardings the last battle. And german soldiers joined forces in the waning hours of world war ii in europe written by stephen harding and published by da capo press. No gi wants to be the last man killed in action against the nazis. Army regulars and wehrmacht soldiers fought side by side to protect a castle full of french vip prisoners from an attack by desperate and fanatical ss units bent on killing them in the wars waning days. Published by da capo press, on may 7, 20, it describes a mixed force of united states army, german wehrmacht, and austrian.
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Rick atkinson, author of the day of battle stephen harding has a laserbeam instinct for the detail that tells the story, hes a fine writer, and, most important, knows a good story when he sees one. It lasted more than two weeks across april may 1945, and was one of the bloodiest and most pivotal episodes of the war, one which would. Frankly, a large part of the book is basically a series of mini. Harding is currently the editorinchief of military history magazine and lives in. It is also a warm tribute to the american and german commanders during the battle, jack lee and josef gangl.
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Hitler is dead, and the third reich little more than smoking rubble. Marchione, a gunner in the us air force, died, like so many before him in world war ii, quietly, cradled in the arms of a buddy. The last battle by ralph wetterhahn overdrive rakuten. When us and german soldiers joined forces in the waning hours of world war ii in europe audiobook by stephen harding.
As ww ii was ending in the european theater, there was a battle which saw u. Studiocanal has acquired the stephen harding world war ii. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the last battle. Stephen hardings the last battle chronicles an obscure event that occurred in the closing hours of world war ii in europe, during which a motley band of american soldiers, german defectors, and elderly highprofile french political prisoners were besieged within a medieval austrian castle by fanatical waffenss nazis. The last battle book hennepin county library bibliocommons. While the book concentrates on the fight for castle itter, it also sets that battle in the wider strategic. It is a tale of unlikely allies, startling bravery. Advance praise for the last battle rick atkinson, author of the day of battle a tale as compelling as it is unlikely.
Called honor prisoners, they were among the many former officials gathered up by hitlers troops as they stormed through france and other countries during the german offensive. From military history magazines editorinchief, stephen harding, the last battle tells the unlikely but true story of the last world war ii battle fought by american troops in europe, when u. The last battle cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Oct 11, 20 stephen harding has a great tale to tell, and in the last battle he does a great job in telling it. He has written in other magazines such as smithsonian, air enthusiast, air and space magazine etc.
Currently senior editor at military history magazine, he lives in virginia. The last battle, stephenharding shop online for books in. The last battle, stephen harding shop online for books. Studiocanal and the picture company in deal for wwii thriller. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and. The author of seven books and some 300 magazine articles, he specializes in military, aviation and maritime topics. New york times bestselling author stephen harding discusses his new book, the last battle, about an extraordinary fight in the final days of world. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.
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In the last battle, historian stephen harding tells of the peculiar closing moments of world war ii, as they played out in the austrian countryside. Its not that i dislike nonfiction books, its just that the typical trade paperback format is a lot more convenient. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The book is on its way to being what i believe will be a great movie. The last battle, stephen harding shop online for books in. Buy the last battle by stephen harding from waterstones today. It is a tale of unlikely allies, startling bravery, jittery suspense, and desperate combat between. Stephen harding is senior editor of military history and a prolific researcher and military historian whose works include seven other nonfiction books as well as hundreds of magazine articles mr. The battle for berlin was the culminating struggle of world war ii in the european theater. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the last battle. As a defense journalist stephen harding covered the conflicts in northern ireland, the middle east and, most recently, iraq.
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