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Albanian escape : the true story of U.S. Army nurses behind enemy lines
Mangerich, Agnes Jensen, 1914-
Publication Information:
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 220 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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D807.U6 M357 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This text is the story of the only group of Army flight nurses to have crash-landed and spent any length of time in occupied territory during World War II. The nurses and soldiers endured frigid weather, survived on little food and wore out their shoes trekking across the rugged countryside.

Author Notes

Agnes Jensen Mangerich now lives in La Jolla, California.
Evelyn M. Monahan, a retired psychologist, lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rosemary L. Neidel works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Atlanta.

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Choice Review

Over the last decade military women serving during WW II have written a wealth of reminiscences. Mangerich's Albanian Escape is unique in this genre because it details the efforts of 13 women flight nurses and a male flight crew to return to Allied lines after their Italy-bound plane crash landed in Albania. Numerous memoirs of Army nurses describing wartime service and captivity have been published, but none examines how women avoided capture and successfully negotiated harsh, unknown terrain and foreign cultures in a politically chaotic region. Mangerich provides a detailed account of hardship, fear, and resilience in her account of this 60-day ordeal. Although it lacks extensive context, her book does offer insight into the workings of early British and American intelligence services that aided the escape, and on some complexities of Albania politics. More analysis of Albania's political events, German occupation forces, and how the American Army sought to track and retrieve the nurses would have strengthened this work. Despite these shortcomings, the study reminds readers that women, both military and civilian partisans, played a vital role in WW II. General readers; undergraduates. J. A. Luckett; United States Military Academy

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 Crash Landingp. 9
2 On the Ground in Enemy Territoryp. 21
3 Which Way Is Home?p. 39
4 Germans Attackp. 47
5 Separated and Lostp. 69
6 The Enemy Closes Inp. 79
7 Blizzard on the Mountainp. 87
8 The British Captain Smithp. 93
9 Lieutenant Duffy Leads the Wayp. 121
10 Germans Strike Againp. 133
11 By Air or by Sea?p. 141
12 Marathon Marchp. 169
13 The American Captain Smithp. 181
14 Smith to the Rescuep. 203
Epiloguep. 211
Glossaryp. 215
Bibliographyp. 219