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 Mobile, Alabama. These men and hundreds of other soldiers found themselves in the prisoner-of-war camps off the Atlantic coast of occupied France, fighting brutal conditions and unsympathetic captors. But, miraculously, local villagers were able to smuggle out a message from the camp, one that reached the Allies and sparked a remarkable quest by an unlikely—and truly inspiring—hero.
Behind Nazi Lines: My Father’s Heroic Quest to Save 149 World War II POWs
“Superbly written and extensively researched Andy Hodges’ story recounts a compelling piece of military history. It brings a human dimension to an underappreciated heroic episode to life. This informative, enjoyable and excellent work exemplifies a labor of love and courage one man had for his country.”
Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (Currently Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs , Auburn University)
"As a former commander of the Army's Delta Force, I know the history of operating behind enemy lines because it was what we were trained to do. This book about a very special warrior, Andy Hodges, is a fascinating story of the courageous efforts to rescue POWs held by the Third Reich. Andy's story is one of great courage, risks, sacrifice, and commitment to a transcendent cause. He was a hero who risked his life to bring his fellow Americans home with honor."
Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, former commander U.S. Army's Delta ForceAuthor of Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom
“Filled with secret missions, Nazi villains, and daring escapes that actually happened, Behind Nazi Lines is thrilling, epic, inspiring -- and have we mentioned true? Andy Hodges is a real hero whose story must never be forgotten.”
Eric MetaxasNew York Times Best-selling author of Miracles and Bonhoeffer
Behind Enemy Lines delivers a tense account of an authentic drama of World War Two -- the story of one man’s moral courage and creative action in the face of daunting odds. The author brings verve, mixed with legitimate and endearing filial admiration, to the striking narrative of “Andy” Hodges’s heroic role in the exchange of POWs. A remarkable book.
Dr. Richard Carwardine, President, Corpus Christi College Oxford (England) Author of Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power [Lincoln Prize 2004]
November 3, 2015