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Daring missions of World War II
Breuer, William B., 1922-2010.
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 237 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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D743 .B67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Critical acclaim for William B. Breuer
""A first-class historian.""
--Wall Street Journal
For Top Tales of World War II
""As evidenced time and again by the prolific Breuer, WWII continues to be a source of absorbing espionage tales. . . . This is a book for rainy days and long solitary nights by the fire. If there were a genre for cozy nonfiction, this would be the template.""
--Publishers Weekly
""A perfect book for the curious and adventure readers and those who love exotic tales and especially history buffs who will be surprised at what they didn't know. Recommended for nearly everyone.""
--Kirkus Reviews
For Secret Weapons of World War II
""Rip-roaring tales . . . a delightful addition to the niche that Breuer has so successfully carved out.""
--Publishers Weekly

Author Notes

William B. Breuer is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-six military history books

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Library Journal Review

Breuer's World War II thematic history series was published between 1999 and 2003, with individual titles costing $24.95. These Castle reprints offer the same volumes in hardcover for $9.99. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Darkness Falls over Europe
Post Office Shoot-Out Launches a Warp. 5
Wiping Out Hitler's Spy Networkp. 7
The Gestapo Cracks an Espionage Ringp. 9
Masquerading Germans Pace the Invasionp. 10
A Streetcar Spearheads an Attackp. 13
Hitler Order: Kidnap Queen Wilhelminap. 14
A Legal Diamond Thiefp. 15
Rommel Personally Captures a Unitp. 16
A General's "Impossible" Escapep. 17
"The Cat" Was a Triple Agentp. 20
Prowling behind German-Held Coastp. 22
Cat-and-Mouse Gamep. 24
A Personal Telegram for the Fuhrerp. 27
Who Was the Mysterious Max?p. 28
Underwater War at Gibraltarp. 29
Polish Spies Invade Germanyp. 33
A Leg is Parachuted to a British Acep. 36
Sudden Death for the "Blond Beast"p. 38
Parachuting in a Boatp. 41
Part 2 Freedom's Time of Crisis
A Ruse to Spy on Cherbourgp. 45
"Hunting" Germans in Canoesp. 46
Jewish Raiders in Disguisep. 47
A Conspiracy to Capture Cairop. 51
Intruders at a Secret Airportp. 52
A Special Medal for Burma Tribesmenp. 56
American Medics Save Ho Chi Minhp. 59
A Hoax at Soviet Oil Fieldsp. 60
A Woman Heads an Escape Apparatusp. 62
The Ranger Wore Bedroom Slippersp. 66
The Countess and the Commandosp. 66
"Blow Up Rommel's Railroad!"p. 71
Reconnoitering Hostile Beachesp. 76
A Master of Disguisesp. 78
Deceiving an Italian Generalp. 79
The Canal Saboteursp. 80
Strange Places for Secret Radiosp. 81
Saved from a Firing Squadp. 82
Part 3 Hitler's Empire under Siege
Old Popski Invades a German Headquartersp. 87
The GI with the Too-Short Pantsp. 90
The New York Subway Connectionp. 94
Nose-Thumbing at the Germansp. 96
The Chef Had Bombs on His Menup. 97
Spying from a Church Steeplep. 98
The Black-Hearted Devilsp. 99
A Scheme to Go under German Linesp. 103
A New Baby Stymies Normandy Planningp. 103
Sabotage Campaign by Railway Menp. 105
A Close Encounter with Two Jungle Beastsp. 106
"Baby Sergeant York"p. 109
A Millionairess Resistance Leaderp. 109
A Woman OSS Agent and "Cuthbert"p. 111
Panzer Watchers and Phony Laundriesp. 112
The Supersecret X Troopp. 114
Miracle at a Normandy Conventp. 115
A Luftwaffe Pilot Declines to Take Baitp. 115
Jealousy Thwarts a German Schemep. 116
A British POW Saves His Captor's Lifep. 117
Part 4 Beginning of the End
"Hell, We're Halfway to Berlin!"p. 121
Alone in a German-Held Townp. 123
Two Admirals Go Souvenir Huntingp. 125
An American General's Strange Odysseyp. 128
Mission: Kidnap Field Marshal Rommelp. 131
A Soviet Spying Mission Fizzlesp. 133
A "Dead" GI Returnsp. 134
Operation Sauerkrautp. 137
A POW Haul in a Saloonp. 139
"The Madman of St. Malo"p. 140
The "Terrorist" Was a Ladyp. 142
Jeds behind the French Rivierap. 143
The Mysterious Lady in Redp. 146
An Escape by Eight "Policemen"p. 149
An Endangered Pilot Is Savedp. 152
Shooting Up an "Iron Kraut"p. 155
Hiding a "Pregnant" Glider Pilotp. 156
The "Lone Raider" on the Prowlp. 158
A Secret Mission in the Alpsp. 162
Part 5 Peace at Last
"League of Lonely War Women"p. 167
Curious Doings in a POW Campp. 167
POWs Parachute into the Reichp. 169
The Good Samaritan of Leyte Gulfp. 171
"Scarface Otto" Creates Mass Hysteriap. 172
A POW Colonel Takes Commandp. 176
An Allied Spy's Dilemmap. 179
Marooned amid the Foep. 180
Trapped in an Attic for Eight Daysp. 183
Love and War at a German Post Officep. 187
MacArthur "Visits" a Japanese CPp. 188
A Patrol's "Pigeon Air Force"p. 190
A German Boy-Soldier Saves Two GIsp. 194
A Scheme to Trigger an Uprisingp. 197
Uninvited "Guests" on Corregidorp. 198
Eavesdropping behind Japanese Positionsp. 200
Eisenhower's Spy in Berlinp. 201
Father Sam and His Hidden Radiop. 204
Intelligence Coup on a Trainp. 206
Nazi Frogmen on the Rhinep. 208
VIP Hostages Saved by Fatep. 210
A Stroll through 145,000 Germansp. 211
Mobilizing Twenty-Eight Million Civilian Killersp. 214
Notes and Sourcesp. 219
Indexp. 231