The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe by Stephen Harding - 223 pages
Also a fact I disliked about the book was its focus on biographies over the actual event. The first nearly one hundred pages were mini-biographies of the ensemble cast of about two dozen. However, that same fact lets me unexpectedly claim this book towards this month's goal of sports and athlete related books. One of the French prisoners was Jean Borotra, a world-renowned tennis champion and former Minister of Sports and Recreation, who was imprisoned for saying the Jews should be allowed equal opportunity to participate in sporting activities. Also, the American soldier who led the troops to Schloss Ittler, John C. Lee, Jr., participated in swoardsmanship and horsemanship sports while enrolled in a military academy and played several seasons of semi-pro football after the war's end. Both Lee and Borotra were the indispensable brains and brave souls whom without the battle never would have been won.