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Behind Nazi Lines: My Father's Heroic Quest to Save 149 World War II POWs

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In 1944, hundreds of Allied soldiers were trapped in POW camps in occupied France. The odds of their survival were long. The odds of escaping, even longer. But one-man had the courage to fight the odds . . .
An elite British S.A.S. operative on an assassination mission gone wrong. A Jewish New Yorker injured in a Nazi ambush. An eighteen-year-old Gary Cooper lookalike from
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Berkley
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Attention all readers! This book was ok.
Behind Nazi Lines by Andrew Gerow Hodges was a good accurate book, based on a true story of an American Red Cross worker who freed 149 World War II POWs with pure negotiation. I thought this book was mediocre and lacking in a variety of events in the book. Although, this book is a very interesting book as it has provided many insights on how things were back in the time period of World War II, and showed a true story about how one man saved many. Andy Hodg
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Classified as 4F due to a football injury, Andrew Hodges could not enlist during World War II. His sense of duty led him to join the American Red Cross as a field director in France. There he arranged and took part in several prisoner exchanges. This is the story of those exchanges which were another facet of the war.
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Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd never heard this story before, so that's what gave it 4 stars, but holy cow, the over usage of exclamation marks was absurd. I think the story line is well told and one must read the 14....14 (!) Appendixes for a true picture and the notes, but those overdone exclamation points! (haha)
Overall a quick read, simply written and easily broken up into sections/chapters. Thank you to Gerow Hodges for getting these men out.
Rob Heintz
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was really good, glad that I found it.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book I bought it at chapters.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's easy to think nothing new can be written about WW2 due to the already high volume of books on the subject. However, this book tells a story that seems not to have been written about yet. It covers the events surrounding several POW exchanges conducted in 1944 with the Germans. The person behind the exchanges was a lone Red Cross worker from Alabama who had been disqualified from serving due to a football injury. He had a strong sense of duty and went above and beyond in so many aspects of h ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Behind Nazi Lines is an amazing story of selfless courage. Andy Gerow Hodges deemed physically unfit for military service joined the Red Cross in order to do his part during World War II. A small town Alabama boy, he risked his life traveling behind Nazi lines to bring aid to prisoners of war. Hodges was able to negotiate the first exchange of POWs between the Allies and Germany. This led to other prisoner exchanges although many German POWs were not interested in being released.
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Charley Duschen
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This another book about a heroic event in World War II that I never heard about. Andy was a true hero that did not receive much in recognition from our government. Superbly written, I couldn't put it down.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent read, a thrilling, real-life adventure detailing prisoner exchange in WWII. Harrowing and exciting, this would interest anyone who enjoys reading war memoirs.
Patrick J Laidlaw
History that you can feel

Outstanding book and worth reading about a great American doing great and wonderfully inspired His work for his fellow soldiers

Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Make this the ONE book you read this year!! Excellent story and the power of one man.
Anne Sheffield
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Really interesting story written by the son of the hero of the story. Not the best written book, but an interesting recount of an important moment in history.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story about the author's father, An American Red Cross volunteer who risked his life and set a plan to negotiate and rescue American POW's held by the Nazis.
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