The Last Battle by Stephen Harding

May 1945. Hitler is dead, and the Third Reich little more than smoking rubble. No GI wants to be the last man killed in action against the Germans. But for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his men, there is one more mission: rescue fourteen prominent French prisoners held in an SS-guarded castle high in the Austrian Alps. It’s a dangerous mission, but Lee has help from a decorated German Wehrmacht officer and his men, who voluntarily join the fight.

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Hell Hawks!, The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht by Robert Dorr and Thomas Jones

One of the many reasons for the Allied victory over Germany was air superiority.  Once the Allies invaded France, the Allies owned the sky with only a few instances of where the Luftwaffe was able to send up a significant number of aircraft.  This dominance allowed the P-47 Thunderbolt to provide timely close air support… Continue reading