Home from Siberia

Home from Siberia : The Secret Odysseys of Interned American Airmen in World War II

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As war spread across the world at the end of 1941, the Soviet Union found itself between a rock known as Nazi Germany and a hard place called imperial Japan. With all its forces battling Germany in the west, the Soviet Union had to keep peace on its isolated and vulnerable eastern borders. To avoid risking its status as a neutral country in the war between the United States and Japan, the Soviet Union interned many American flyers who crashed or made emergency landings in Soviet territory after bombing Japanese targets. This is the long-secret and nearly forgotten story of how the Soviet commissariat for internal affairs interned 291 young Americans in Siberia and, at the risk of war on a second front, eventually smuggled four groups of them to south central Asia and finally across the Iranian border. Official U.S. military records of the internments are impersonal and sketchy. To tell the story in its entirety, Otis Hays, Jr., sought out surviving airmen and found some who had smuggled rudimentary diaries out of the Soviet Union and helped piece together the tale.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 153.9 x 230.1 x 16mm | 408.24g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 1585440108
  • 9781585440108
  • 2,391,515

About Otis Hays

Otis Hays, Jr., has had careers as both army officer and foreign service officer (U.S. Information Agency). During World War II he was assigned as the Alaska Defense Command's staff supervisor of liaison with Soviet personnel and activities in Alaska. He is now a freelance writer and lives near Pierce City, Missouri.show more

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