• Operation Swallow

  • American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp
  • By: Mark Felton
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The true and heroic story of American POWs' daring escape from a Nazi concentration camp.

In this little-known story from World War II, a group of American POW camp leaders risk everything to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a diabolical Nazi concentration camp. Their story begins in the dark forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in the spring of 1945. This appalling chapter of US military history and uplifting Holocaust story deserves to be widely known and understood.

Operation Swallow provides a historical, first person perspective of how American GIs stood up against their evil SS captors who were forcing them to work as slave laborers. A young GI is thrust into a leadership position and leads his fellow servicemen on a daring escape. It is a story filled with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair, and salvation. A compelling narrative-driven nonfiction book has not been written that takes the listener deep into the dark story of Operation 'Swallow' and Berga Concentration Camp - until now.

Written from personal testimonies and official documents, Operation Swallow is a tale replete with high adventure, compelling characters, human drama, tragedy, and eventual salvation, from the pen of a master of the modern military narrative.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Mark Felton (P)2019 Center Street

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Incredible Story

What an absolute intense story. WWII soldiers imprisoned in Berga Concentration Camp and are led by an unassuming Private First Class. This is the story of how they survived and subsequently escaped. Fred Sanders does a masterful narration as always.

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An Interesting Listen

Great to listen to, writing and speaking are both nice to listen to. It goes into great detail about the story of the soldiers, and I was pretty shocked to learn about the conditions of Berga.

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Great book

A young American private guarding the German Boarder is captured by the German Army and sent to a POW camp deep in Germany. Remarkable story of struggle, abuse and survival.

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Another great book by Mark Felton!

Be prepared to go on a breath taking and humbling ride to realise that freedom isnt free. Not a fan of this reader but the story is incredible.

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Sobering look and journey into the sacrifices of the warriors from the greatest generation.

Mark Felton, as thorough and accurate as ever, beautifully tells of this harrowing journey of those who survived The Battle of the Bulge, capture, imprisonment, escape and imprisonment once more before liberation. The fortitude of those who endured all of these hardships along with the beatings and indignities is made clear over and over again.

Mr Felton, thank you once again for recording this for posterity and study by further generations.

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Expertly written and perfectly read.

Well documented and written about one man's journey through WWII hell. One if the best written books on the POW experience at the hands of the Nazis. Well done!

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Very detailed — makes me mad

Very detailed. I always find it terrible that such awful things were committed by the Nazis and were forgiven by the Allies. I guess it was for political expediency. But it was still wrong.

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great story of american heros

this is an amazing story of soldier who were all little older than boys and their dedication to life and their country. it also shows a scary glimpse into the behavior of the SS.

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A gripping story

It's fascinating to learn of what was playing in the mind of individuals on both sides as the war drew to a close. A gripping of desperation as a POW and as a German soldier and civilan anticipating the end of the war.

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A "human" story of the war

Many war books I read are pure dry facts. This story is 100% true but tells of a group of prisoners and three in particular, their adventures or misadventures, and plight. What I found most touching was the epilog where the author told what became of each person in the story.

Mark has a YouTube channel and is how I got pointed to this book. His attention to details is incredible.

The story itself, to me, was very realistic and I felt a great deal of empathy for the men being described.