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Ghost riders : Operation Cowboy, the World War Two mission to save the world's finest horses / Mark Felton.

April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, unique and precious animals representing centuries of careful breeding, are scattered across rural Austria and Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces ? there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army. Their only hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US task force could be sent deep behind German lines, through fanatical SS troops, to rescue the horses before the Soviets arrive. Just five light tanks, a handful of armoured cars and jeeps, and 300 battle-weary GIs must plunge headlong into the unknown on a rescue mission that could change the course of European history. So begins Operation Cowboy, the greatest Second World War story that has never been fully told. GIs will join forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of war to save the world?s finest horses from fanatical SS and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe.

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C9007683469 940.541 FEL
Adult nonfiction   Smithfield Branch . . Available .  
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ISBN 9781785784026
1785784021
9781785784415
1785784412
Dewey 940.541
Author Felton, Mark, 1974- author.
Title Ghost riders : Operation Cowboy, the World War Two mission to save the world's finest horses / Mark Felton.
Published London : Icon, 2018.
Physical description vii, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-284) and index.
Summary April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, unique and precious animals representing centuries of careful breeding, are scattered across rural Austria and Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces ? there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army. Their only hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US task force could be sent deep behind German lines, through fanatical SS troops, to rescue the horses before the Soviets arrive. Just five light tanks, a handful of armoured cars and jeeps, and 300 battle-weary GIs must plunge headlong into the unknown on a rescue mission that could change the course of European history. So begins Operation Cowboy, the greatest Second World War story that has never been fully told. GIs will join forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of war to save the world?s finest horses from fanatical SS and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe.
Subject Podhajsky, Alois
Reed, Charles Hancock, -- 1900-1980
United States. -- Army
Cavalry Regiment, Mechanized, 2nd -- History.
Spanische Reitschule (Vienna, Austria) -- History -- 20th century
World War (1939-1945)
Lipizzaner horse
Search and rescue operations
World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations -- Czech Republic -- HostouĊˆ
World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations
World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- Germany
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