The Brenner Assignment by Patrick K. O'Donnell
The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II

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Like a scene from Where Eagles Dare, a small team of American spies parachutes into Italy behind enemy lines. Their orders: link up with local partisans and sabotage the well-guarded Brenner Pass—the Nazis’ crucial supply route through the Alps—thereby bringing the German war effort in Italy to a grinding halt.

About Patrick K. O'Donnell

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Patrick K. O'Donnell is a military historian and the award-winning author of seven books, including the bestseller and William E. Colby Award winner Beyond Valor, Give Me Tomorrow, and We Were One, the highly acclaimed account of the Battle of Fallujah. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks' award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. Visit him at and at
Published August 25, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Arguably one of the war's most dangerous operations, it was led two OSS operatives who never met: Stephen Hall, a combat engineer trained in demolitions, who conceived and sold the plan (and himself) to the newly formed OSS;

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Hall, a sophisticate who studied at Harvard and Yale but dropped out to travel the world, used his experiences mountain climbing in Europe and his imagination to mastermind a daring plan after the United State invaded Italy during World War II.

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O’Donnell, military historian and author of four previous books, including We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah, presents a gripping account of historical detection, in which he pieces together the untold story of Captain Howard Wheeler Chappel who, along with memb...

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