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The simple sounds of freedom : the true story of the only soldier to fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II

Author: Thomas Taylor
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The Simple Sounds of Freedom, the true story of the first American paratrooper to land in Normandy and the only soldier to fight for both the United States and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany." "It is a story of battle, followed by a succession of captures, escapes, recaptures, and re-escapes, then battle once more, in the final months of fighting on the Eastern Front. For these unique experiences, both  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Taylor, Thomas, 1934-
Simple sounds of freedom.
New York : Random House, ©2002
(OCoLC)654301100
Named Person: Joseph Robert Beyrle; Joseph Robert Beyrle
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Taylor
ISBN: 0375507868 9780375507861
OCLC Number: 50610228
Description: xvi, 312 pages, [16 pages of plates] : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The European theater of operations --
Jumpin' Joe --
On both sides of the wall --
D night eve --
Hide-and-seek --
In the orchard --
Highway 13 --
Good cops, bad cops --
Muskegon --
Angels don't speak German --
The stalags --
IV-B --
Market-garden --
A dog and a mole --
Berlin --
Bastogne --
Gestapo versus Wehrmacht --
Americanski Tovarish! --
Back to III-C --
Everyone in hell is grinning --
To Moscow.
Responsibility: Thomas H. Taylor.
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"The Simple Sounds of Freedom, the true story of the first American paratrooper to land in Normandy and the only soldier to fight for both the United States and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany." "It is a story of battle, followed by a succession of captures, escapes, recaptures, and re-escapes, then battle once more, in the final months of fighting on the Eastern Front. For these unique experiences, both President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin honored Joe Beyrle on the fiftieth anniversary of V-E Day." "Beyrle did not strive to be a part of history, but history kept visiting him. Twice before the invasion he parachuted into Normandy, bearing gold for the French resistance. D Day resulted in his capture, and he was mistaken for a German line-crosser - a soldier who had, in fact, died in the attempt. Eventually Joe was held under guard at the American embassy in Moscow, suspected of being a Nazi assassin." "Fingerprints saved him, confirming that he'd been wounded five times, and that he bore a safe-conduct pass written by Marshal Zhukov after the Wehrmacht wrested Joe, at gunpoint, from execution by the Gestapo. In the ruins of Warsaw his life was saved again, this time by Polish nuns. Some of Joe's story is in his own words - a voice that will be among the last and best we hear firsthand from World War II."--Jacket.

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