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The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys: Courage, Tragedy, and Justice in World War II (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Juli 2012

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"Lucid account of a terrible war crime"--"The Washington Post""A riveting narrative bolstered by frequent, helpful citations."--"Kirkus Reviews""The book's greatest strength is its ability to convey the simple pain, uncertainty, and raw emotion experienced by the crew's stateside families, who for so long held out the hope that their loved ones were still alive. Three crewmembers survived - and Freeman tells their stories in a particularly effective manner."--"Military Review""Freeman has once again crafted a gripping, cinematic narrative - one that raises important questions about justice and morality in a time of industrial annihilation of civilian populations. A timely and riveting story of heroism and horror."--Alex Kershaw, author of "The Longest Winter" and "The Bedford Boys""With "The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys," Gregory A. Freeman delivers a thorough, artful, and absolutely riveting account of a fascinating yet tragic story of war, humanity, and justice. Freeman again proves that he ranks among today's finest historical storytellers."--Alvin Townley, author of "Fly Navy" and "Legacy of Honor"""The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys" is the gripping and insightful story of the Wham Bam crews first and last combat mission. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Gregory Freeman expertly weaves the history of the crew with the historic events that followed after they were shot down and captured. This is a fascinating and engrossing book that will be read for many decades."--Brigadier General Don Harvel, Deputy Commander, Texas Air National Guard"Gregory A. Freeman's "The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys" is a compelling, thought-provoking, and harrowing account of how a seemingly minor, brutal incident during World War II touched, and devastated, countless lives. It's a well-written, exhaustively researched, and thoroughly human story that shows how war can bring out the worst, and the best, in combatants and noncombatants alike. Haunting."--James Carl Nelson, author of "The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War""The powerful tale of an American bomber crew shot down over Germany."--"The Quarterly Journal of Military History"

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Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer with more than 25 years of experience in journalism and historical nonfiction. He has won over two dozen awards for his writing, including the coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists. His books include Troubled Water, The Forgotten 500, and the acclaimed Sailors to the End. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.


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I relate to the book 28. August 2011
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At the time of the Wham Bam incident I was flying combat missions with a fighter-bomber unit. One of my fellow pilots had a forced landing and we learned he was murdered. Years later the perpetrators were caught, tried by a Military Tribunal and executed. Thus I made a very personal connection to the Freeman book and I applaud the results.
As for those who choose to believe that the Allied bombing campaign invited- even justified- the treatment of the Wham Bam airmen, I can only suggest they tend to overlook who we were fighting; an agressor nation that introduced the bombing of populations centers such as Warsaw and Rotterdam.
Let me also add that the Germans were convicted partly through the testimony of citizens of Russelsheim who were appalled at what they had witnessed. And that the affair was reopened in 1985 by citizens of Russelsheim who erected a marker identifying those Americans who were assaulted and murdered; a way of asking forgivness, I believe, for the sins of earlier Germans.
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Living History 15. Juli 2011
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Freeman did an excellent job bringing to life a tragic story from years past into current time. As I read the story, it was as if the tragedy had just occurred. With the current state of US involvement in two wars, the story brings home the great sacrifices that the Armed Forces had to make and reminds us of the continued sacrifices made today on the nation's behalf. Freeman spoke for those who were unable to speak for themselves. He provided insight to the world of war as well as to the world of the home front through the airmen's families, waiting and praying for the return of their loved ones. You don't have to be a war buff to enjoy this book, the message is clear. Remember those we lost who died for the Freedom we as Americans share today.
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True Heroes 27. Juli 2011
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This is a well researched and accurate account of a tragic event from WWII. While I had heard much of the story from my brother-in-law while he was alive, he left out many of the horrible details of his ordeal. Since I already "knew the story" - I was surprised to find that I could not put the book down until I'd read all of it. I have ordered copies of the book for my adult children. They saw their uncle as a hero in everyday life - and he and his comrades were true heroes in every sense of the word.
Thank you Mr. Freeman!
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You will never forget this true story! 15. Juli 2011
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I could not put this book down once I started reading it.
Through Gregory Freeman's writing of this particular horrific story of World War II, I came closer than ever to the emotions and tradegies of war. I was wrapped up personally in the lives of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the war.
This story describes how humans cope in the face of fear and how they either react with weakness and anger or display courage and compassion. Most importantly, it is a reminder of those who risk their lives for freedom.
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Another great book from Freeman! 8. Juni 2011
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I had very much enjoyed Freeman's past books so I picked this one up as soon as it was released.

Freeman has a way of telling a true historical story but making it read like a gripping novel. The Wham Bam Boys featured meticulously created characters and a gripping story--I couldn't put it down once I got it. It is amazing that such an amazing story hadn't been told yet. Two thumbs way up for another great read from Freeman.
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