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Behind Hitler's Lines: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II

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As the twentieth century closed, the veterans of its defining war passed away at a rate of a thousand per day. Fortunately, D-Day paratrooper Joseph Beyrle met author Thomas H. Taylor in time to record Behind Hitler's Lines, 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 aga ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 6th 2009 by Presidio Press (first published September 17th 2002)
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This book told the story of Joe Beyrle, the only person during the Second World War to have fought for both the United States and the Soviet Union. The information provided includes: his training for the 101st Airborne Division, his two secret drops into France months before D-day, his capture during D-Day, the horrors of his imprisonment and interrogations, his escape after transportation to a POW camp in Poland, his fighting with a Soviet reconnaissance unit. The book also provides information ...more
A real page turner. Books like this are the reason I love nonfiction. Hollywood could never make up a better story than this.
By the book's jacket, you know how it will end. Joe Beyrle (pronounced "buy early" is captured shortly after D-day, eventually escapes and joins up with the Russians. Its all that happens in between that makes this book so interesting. With each page I kept thinking, "what more could happen to this man?"
There are times when the author strays from the main story and talks
Marcos Moure
Incredible story nearly marred by atrocious typos.

One of the most gripping WWII stories I've read and also one of the worst written. Nevertheless, Joe Beyrle's story is so gripping and intense, glaring errors and awful editing don't quite destroy the impact of this memoir.
Jay Chalmers
Incredible story!

Overall I enjoyed this book, for anyone who missed WWII this book touches most of what happened in the war in Europe. Hard to reconcile Joe's belief that God chose him to save, but chose others to die.
John Ravalli
Fascinating story and strong guy

what a great story. Joe Beyerle is someone to be celebrated in the annals of World War II. Great writing
Bonnie Moore
This is not the type of book that I usually read, but I found this to be very interesting. It is the true story of a paratrooper in WW II. It made me think about the sacrifices our fathers and grandfathers made to keep us free.
An interesting story destroyed by lack of editing, and horrible, massive typos. Early in I forgave the extraneous hyphens that were randomly placed in words, but several places in this book suffer from missing *sections* - yes, entire sections. A paragraph ends in the middle of a sentence and the next paragraph begins some place else in the story. It's tiresome to guess what happened.

It's better to google for the story of Joseph Beyrle and simply read about him on Wikipedia. I cannot recommend
Great perspective, and a very unique story. Joe is a hero, not only because of what he did, but because of how he sees himself.
This book deals with mostly Joe's period in captivity and is very scanty in terms of his combat experience .
Ioan Mosincat
Great story. An easy read, hard to believe it's not fiction.
Proof that truth is stranger than fiction.
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Thomas Happer Taylor (born 1934) is a highly decorated veteran of the United States Army, a military historian, an author of seven books, and a champion triathlete. He served in Vietnam following in the footsteps of his father General Maxwell D. Taylor.
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