Beyond the Call
The Incredible True Story of One American’s Life-or-Death Mission on the Eastern Front in World War II
This is the story of Captain Robert M. Trimble, an American hero of World War II, who laid his life on the line to help his fellow Americans to freedom, along with other expatriates stranded in Eastern Europe.
By the fall of 1944, Soviet forces had pushed the Nazis out of Russia. As the front line rolled across Poland, the prison camps of the Third Reich were discovered and liberated, including slave labor and POW camps. In their tens of thousands, the suffering inmates were set loose.
The Soviets refused to help the freed prisoners, rejecting offers from the US to help get their men out. Foreign slave laborers and POWs were left to wander helplessly, starving, sick and dying. Something had to be done to save the lost American servicemen from starvation and death. With US/Soviet relations in a bad way, they would have to go under cover.
The OSS (forerunner of the CIA) swung into action. They picked out their only foothold in Soviet-occupied territory: the tiny US detachment at the air base at Poltava, Ukraine. A tiny dot of freedom in a sea of communist red, it would be the base for the covert rescue mission. The man they picked for the mission was veteran bomber pilot Captain Robert M. Trimble.
With only a crash course in secret agent fieldcraft, Captain Trimble took on a dangerous mission, outwitting and courageously facing off against the devious might of the deadly Soviet security force, the NKVD. He succeeded in smuggling a thousand lost souls to freedom, including American POWs, foreign slave laborers and concentration camp inmates.
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