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The untold story of a group of stranded US Army nurses and medics fighting to escape from Nazi-occupied Europe.It is one of the greatest forgotten stories of World War II. When 26 Army Air Forces flight nurses and medics board a military transportMoreThe untold story of a group of stranded US Army nurses and medics fighting to escape from Nazi-occupied Europe.It is one of the greatest forgotten stories of World War II. When 26 Army Air Forces flight nurses and medics board a military transport plane in November 1943, they never anticipate a crash landing in Nazi territory, or their months-long fight to survive.This long untold, true story begins as the group of men and women is on its way to evacuate wounded and sick troops near the frontlines in Italy. Caught in a violent storm, the plane is pushed off course and into the path of German fighter planes. Without a working radio or compass, the flight crew is flying blind after hours in the air and is forced to land in unforgiving and unknown terrain.When the Americans emerge from their battered aircraft, they find themselves in Albania-a brutal and poverty-stricken country rife with chaos and danger-with only one gun among them. Met by battle-hardened partisans, they wander for months over rugged mountains during a brutal winter in their efforts to escape, facing a barrage of life-threatening incidents, including a German attack that almost costs them their lives. With hunger and sickness as their constant companions, the party is haunted by the threat of capture by the Nazis. Always on the move, they hide at night with courageous villagers who share what little food they have and risk death at Nazi hands to help them, hoping for the daring rescue attempts American and British agents plan in this tumultuous landscape of war.The drama of the party captured the American public, but the details of their journey remained hidden for decades. A mesmerizing tale of the courage and bravery of ordinary people, THE SECRET RESCUE tells for the first time the whole story, of heroic struggle and endurance.