Beyond the Call

Beyond the Call : The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front

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As the Red Army advanced across Poland in 1945, thousands of freed Allied POWs - viewed by the Soviets as cowards or potential spies - were abandoned to wander the war-torn Eastern Front.

In total secrecy, the OSS - wartime forerunner to the CIA - conceived an undercover mission to rescue them. The man they picked to undertake it was veteran Eighth Air Force bomber pilot Captain Robert Trimble.

With little covert training, Trimble survived by wit, courage, and a determination to do some good in a terrible war. Alone, he faced up to the terrifying Soviet secret police and saved hundreds of lives, fighting his own battle against the trauma of war while finding his way home to his wife and child.

Based on hours of testimony from his father, Beyond the Call is written by Trimble's son and by British historian Jeremy Dronfield. It is a filmic, inspiring story of a hitherto unknown true hero.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 31mm | 632g
  • Duxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1848318510
  • 9781848318519
  • 1,004,628

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'The inspiring tale of a hitherto unknown true hero - a story worthy of a Hollywood movie.' Military History Monthly
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'The inspiring tale of a hitherto unknown true hero - a story worthy of a Hollywood movie.' * Military History Monthly * 'Captivating stuff, detailing one man's courage in a seemingly impossible situation - a brilliantly told story of a true unsung hero.' -- History of War Magazine 'Vivid and engaging, Beyond the Call is partly a story of one officer's guile and bravery in the face of forces much larger and more powerful than himself. But is also a moving and appalling tale of the full horror of World War II's last year on the eastern front.' * Randall Hansen, author of Fire and Fury and Disobeying Hitler * 'Beyond the Call is the brilliantly told, fast-paced true story of a remarkable young man. Deceived by his superior officers he found himself in a place where danger abounded and life was cheap but, drawing on a courage he hadn't known he possessed, he began his assignment. Nerve-wracking, informative, yet profoundly moving, Beyond the Call is a truly inspiring book.' * Susan Ottaway, author of Sisters, Secrets, and Sacrifice * 'Dramatic and well-researched, it is certainly worth reading.' * The Good Book Guide *
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About Lee Trimble

LEE TRIMBLE was born in 1950, the son of Captain Robert M. Trimble. He worked in research and development on lasers, electronics and semiconductors, and was a scientific writer and reviewer for scholarly and professional journals.

JEREMY DRONFIELD - `a gifted, original writer' (Sunday Telegraph) - is a novelist and historical biographer with a special interest in World War II aviation. Among his many books is the critically acclaimed The Alchemist's Apprentice (Headline, 2001), described as a `captivating metaphysical mystery and an otherworldly love story' by the Sunday Times.
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