48 Hours to Hammelburg

The epic account of World War Two’s most disastrous rescue mission.

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About the Book

Gen. George Patton was one of the great military leaders of the Second World War, but when war became personal, he made one of the worst mistakes of his entire career.

In March 1945 Patton went against the advice of his top subordinates and created a secret task force under Captain Abraham Baum to drive through a gap in the Nazi defences. Their target was to rescue the prisoners-of-war held in camp Oflag XIII-B near Hammelburg.

Of the three hundred men who were part of this task force only one knew the real reason that this mission was set up: to rescue Patton’s son-in-law, Lieutenant-Colonel John K. Waters.

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