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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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Author's Note
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Crash Landing
  2. pp. 9-19
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  1. 2. On the Ground in Enemy Territory
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. 3. Which Way Is Home?
  2. pp. 39-46
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  1. 4. Germans Attack
  2. pp. 47-68
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  1. 5. Separated and Lost
  2. pp. 69-78
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  1. 6. The Enemy Closes In
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. 7. Blizzard on the Mountain
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. 8. The British Captain Smith
  2. pp. 93-120
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  1. 9. Lieutenant Duffy Leads the Way
  2. pp. 121-131
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  1. 10. Germans Strike Again
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. 11. By Air or by Sea?
  2. pp. 141-167
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  1. 12. Marathon March
  2. pp. 169-180
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  1. 13. The American Captain Smith
  2. pp. 181-202
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  1. 14. Smith to the Rescue
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 211-213
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Photos
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813127422
Related ISBN
9780813121093
MARC Record
OCLC
832601635
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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