The perfect horse the daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis

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Published 2016
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In the chaotic last days of the war a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find-his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine-an equine master race. With the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the Army's last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision-with General George Patton's blessing-to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed's small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses. Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler's imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator's son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm's surrender.

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xxiv, 598 pages (large print) : illustrations, map, black and white photographs ; 24 cm
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Daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis
Daring United States mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis
Part One: The Europeans
An unlikely Olympian
The master of all horses
The Polish prince
Rau's dominion
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna
The hidden stud farm
Podhajsky's choice
Horses in peril
The escape
Part Two: The Americans
Machine versus horse
A horseless commander
America's fightin'est General
Two hands and a Purple Heart
Part Three: The mission
Armies closing in
The photographs
The plan
Dressed up as a plenipotentiary
Change of heart
Lessing takes charge
The tanks are coming
The fallen
The Americans
The Generals
The craziest caravan in the world
The Lipizzaner farewell
Part Four: Homecoming
The super horses are ours
The riderless horse
The victory parade
Finding a home
The war orphans
The auction
The widow's rose
The birthday party
A mighty good American
The veterans
The Spanish Riding School today
Epilogue: What became of them?
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