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Lost Battalions: Going for Broke in the Vosges, Autumn 1944

Length: 256 pages4 hours


The remarkable story of two battalions, one German, one American, cut off in the same forest at the same time, and the heroic efforts to save them.

The 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry ("Alamo Regiment"), had been cut off for six days and food, water, and ammunition were running out. Sent to rescue the "Texans" were the Japanese Amer­ican Nisei of the famed "Go For Broke" 100/442d Regimental Combat Team. At virtually the same time, only five miles away, a similar drama unfolded as the Wehrmacht's 201st Mountain Bat­talion attempted an equally desperate rescue of its sister unit, the 202d Mountain Battalion. 

The weather was abysmal, the terrain virtually impassable. Some generals lost their sons there, other generals lost only their honor. Told by the soldiers, American and German, from both sides, Lost Battalions is an unforgettable account of courage, honor, and hu­manity. 

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