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ALBANIAN ESCAPE: The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines. In November 1943 thirteen nurses in a C-53 transport plane crashed into a remote part of Albania inhabited by partisans and guerrilla fighters. CLEARANCE

Click to EnlargeALBANIAN ESCAPE. The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines. In November 1943 thirteen nurses in a C-53 transport plane crashed into a remote part of Albania aided by partisans and guerrillas, endured a 9-week game of hide-and-seek with the Germans. On November 8, 1943, U.S. Army nurse Agnes Jensen stepped out of a cold rain in Catania, Sicily, into a C-53 transport plane. But she and twelve other nurses never arrived in Bari, Italy, where they were to transport wounded soldiers to hospitals farther from the front lines. A violent storm and pursuit by German Messerschmitts led to a crash landing in a remote part of Albania, leaving the nurses, their team of medics, and the flight crew stranded in Nazi-occupied territory.

What followed was a dangerous nine-week game of hide-and-seek with the enemy, a situation President Roosevelt monitored daily. Albanian partisans aided the stranded Americans in the search for a British Intelligence Mission, and the group began a long and hazardous journey to the Adriatic coast. During the following weeks, they crossed Albania's second highest mountain in a blizzard, were strafed by German planes, managed to flee a town moments before it was bombed, and watched helplessly as an attempt to airlift them out was foiled by Nazi forces.

Albanian Escape is the suspense-filled story of the only group of Army flight nurses to have spent any length of time in occupied territory during World War II. The nurses and flight crew endured frigid weather, survived on little food, and literally wore out their shoes trekking across the rugged countryside. Thrust into a perilous situation and determined to survive, these women found courage and strength in each other and in the kindness of Albanians and guerrillas who hid them from the Germans.

Cloth volume Subjects: History: WWII, Biography/Memoir Pages: 256 Year Published: 1999 Trim Size: 6x9 Illustrations: 26+

Albanian Escape is the suspense-filled story of the only group of Army flight nurses to have spent any length of time in occupied territory during World War II. The nurses and flight crew endured frigid weather, survived on little food, and literally wore out their shoes trekking across the rugged countryside. Thrust into a perilous situation and determined to survive, these women found courage and strength in each other and in the kindness of Albanians and guerrillas who hid them from the Germans.

Reviews: "Albanian Escape is the saga of the most exhausting 800 miles and the longest nine weeks in the lives of 13 American Army nurses, their team of medics and two lieutenants and two sergeants who made up their initial four-man flight crew.??Stars and Stripes ?A significant addition to nursing history literature, reminding us that though recognition of their heroism may be short-lived, nurses serving in the military play a vital role during war.??American Journal of Nursing ?Examines how women avoided capture and successfully negotiated harsh, unknown terrain and foreign cultures in a politically chaotic region.??Choice ?Chronicles on an almost daily basis the activities of the American nurses and medical sergeants as they evaded the Germans, trekked mountain paths, and endured hardships before being led to the Adriatic coast and rescued.??Army History "An exciting account of American women's memoirs of their tremendous wartime service to their country.??McCormick (SC) Messenger 240pp. 26 illustrations

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Item Details
Group:
Women and War
ID:
KY-094
Category:
Heroes and Aces
Media:
Softcover book
Type:
Combat Memoirs / Biographies
Price:
17.50
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