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Beyond the Call ➶ Beyond the Call Free ➬ Author Lee Trimble – Near the end of World War II thousands of Allied ex POWs were abandoned to wander the war torn Eastern Front modern day Ukraine With no food shelter or supplies they were an army of dying menThe Red A Near the end of World War II thousands of Allied ex POWs were abandoned to wander the war torn Eastern Front modern day Ukraine With no food shelter or supplies they were an army of dying menThe Red Army had pushed the Nazis out of Russia As they advanced across Poland the prison camps of the Third Reich were discovered and liberated In defiance of humanity the freed Allied prisoners were Beyond the PDF/EPUB or discarded without aid The Soviets viewed POWs as cowards and regarded all refugees as potential spies or partisansThe United States repeatedly offered to help recover their POWs but were refused With relations between the allies strained a plan was conceived for an undercover rescue mission In total secrecy the OSS chose an obscure American air force detachment stationed at a Ukrainian airfield; it would provide the base and the cover for the operation The man they picked to undertake it was veteran th Air Force bomber pilot Captain Robert TrimbleWith little covert training already scarred by the trials of combat Trimble took the mission He would survive by wit courage and a determination to do some good in a terrible war Alone he faced up to the terrifying Soviet secret police saving hundreds of lives At the same time he battled to come to terms with the trauma of war and find his own way home to his wife and childOne ordinary man One extraordinary mission A thousand lives at stakeThis is the compelling inspiring true story of an American hero who laid his life on the line to bring his fellow men home to safety and freedomINCLUDES PHOTOS.

  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Beyond the Call
  • Lee Trimble
  • 01 October 2014
  • 9780425276044

10 thoughts on “Beyond the Call

  1. April April says:

    Robert Trimble was offered a position to fly downed planes away from the front lines of WW2 but instead he was thrown into Poland to rescue POWs At the time Russia was in control of Poland and they didn't believe in POWs They killed thousands of their own POWs Meanwhile Auschwitz and other concentration camps were being liberated through out Poland and this was causing a major refugee crisis that Russia ignored or treated them as spies Trimble discusses the difficulties that he had in Russia and PolandThe book was informative and sad Overall the book was an important story to tell about the Russia and US relationship during WW2

  2. Mikey B. Mikey B. says:

    This is a very touching book about a US air pilot stationed in Poltava in what was then the Soviet Union now Ukraine Robert Trimble arrived there in February of 1945 He would fly into Poland where US pilots were found – but he discovered much Ostensibly this air base was used to help US prisoners of war who were in areas liberated by the Red Army Also it was to help Allied pilots who had landed in Soviet territory like Poland after a raid andor plane had gone astray The US Poltava base had need of ualified pilots and Robert Trimble was than ualified after flying 35 combat raids over Germany The book is written by his sonRobert encountered first hand what life was like under the ruthless dictatorship of Marshall Stalin As per the Yalta agreements the Soviets were suppose to aid and help Allied prisoners of war return as uickly as possible to their homeland – most of the time they didn’t care and treated them as foreign spies – many were temporarily incarcerated Robert also encountered some of the hundreds of thousands of slave labourers who were wandering the countryside after their liberation He sees brutal evidence of the Holocaust This was not war at an altitude of ten thousand feet – which is undoubtedly harrowing but in a different way On the ground in Poland Robert met the people who had experienced a long vicious occupation – and were now experiencing another one under the Soviet Union This is the story of how Robert helped some of these people to return to their homeland – both POWs and civilians – some slave labourers from France Aiding civilians was outside the scope of what Robert was “supposed” to do – and Soviet authorities NKVD began to investigate For this he received no rewards from his government and certainly not from the Soviet Union The only gratitude he got was in the moment – when he got handshakes hugs and smiles from the dispossessed that he was helping in Poland Robert was severely traumatized by what he saw and what he could not doThis is a wonderful tribute and compelling story of a man who did what he could under extremely dire conditions My uncle a navigator with the RCAF was held prisoner in Stalag Luft I in Eastern Germany near the town of Barth Fortunately his liberation went smoother than those described in this book There was an airbase near by that the liberated prisoners smoothed out – and on May 15th Flying Fortress airplanes landed to take the prisoners home My uncle remarked that the civilians nearby looked at them forlornly – they knew what was in store for them – there would be no eye witnesses left

  3. Chris Dana Chris Dana says:

    Mindboggling The story of Capt Trimble is amazing He certainly deserved recognition than he received I'm glad he decided to tell his story The book was well written and a real page turner Of the books I've read in the last few years this definitely ranks up at the top

  4. Gerrad Van Gerrad Van says:

    it looks as if the authors have grafted a highly improbable spy story on to the real wartime experiences of Captain Robert M Trimble of the USAAFThe premise on which the whole story rests is demonstrably false The preface claims that “Allied ex prisoners were left to wander starving sick and dying Some were fired upon indiscriminately by Russian troops; some were robbed; many were marched to the rear and abandoned Even worse hundreds were rounded up into camps where they were treated as potential spies or anti Soviet partisans and kept in sualid conditions Those who were able to went into hiding in the forest and abandoned farms ” etc etcWhile none of these statements is 100% untrue put together in this way they create a very distorted picture As long as the British and Americans kept up their end of the bargain and repatriated Soviet citizens – which they did even if in some cases it involved the use of rifle butts bayonets and in some cases shooting to help the unwilling on their way – the Soviets delivered the Allied prisoners they came across Perhaps they were not as cooperative as they could have been but then again they had to deal with millions of their own countrymen who were in a worse condition than any Allied POW Regarding American POWs specifically many were marched West by their German guards and were not far away from the advancing Americans when the Red Amy overtook them Some 23000 were exchanged directly between Soviet and American forces those liberated further to the East about 2800 were repatriated via Odessa On the 20th of April – a couple of weeks before Germany capitulated – the responsible American officer Colonel Wilmeth who was otherwise very critical of the Soviets reported they had handed over all US ex POWs except a few individual problematic cases people too sick to be moved men who wanted to take their Russian or Polish war brides with them etcThe authors of “Beyond the Call” present a very different narrative According to them there was a “stalemate” and the American authorities decided to send in ONE MAN to save the POWsBecause Captain America was otherwise occupied they confided this mission to a battle weary 25 year old bomber pilot picked at random who had never set foot in Russia or Eastern Europe did not speak any of the relevant languages and had no other relevant experience or ualifications whatsoeverAccording to the authors Trimble’s mission was “beyond top secret and of such a diplomatic sensitivity that even the OSS could only be involved off the record” page 9 Meaning dear readers please do not expect us to provide any evidence for the wondrous tales we are about to relateNote also that the authors carefully avoid giving any info that might perhaps allow a critical reader to check anything With regard to the secret mission it’s always “an embassy official” “an OSS agent” “an Air Force general” without any further identification Even the people he “rescues” so dramatically are only identified by first names – and very few of those – making it impossible to check if maybe one or two have recorded their adventures somewhere and perhaps mentioned the gallant American captain who led them to freedomThere’s just nothing about the whole “covert rescue mission” that sounds even halfway plausible Time and again Trimble shakes off his NKVD shadows driver and interpreter – but without arising any suspicions apparently – and disappears to find American POWs holed up in the woods somewhereYou may well ask how did he get around without a jeep and driver?Oh well he just took a taxiA TAXI??? In Lwów Poland in FebruaryMarch 1945??? With a driver who was willing to drive an American officer in uniform around at night and did not think it necessary to report him to the Russians ???Well according to the authors Trimble Sr was a “straight shooter” so if he told his son he took a taxi we just have to believe it don’t we?You might also ask how on earth did he know where to find these poor POWs hiding from the evil Russians?Well he regularly called the US embassy in Moscow where OSS agents had lists daily updated of the occupants of every single farmhouse barn and shed in Poland with names nationalities and last known occupations ApparentlySorry if I’m beginning to sound a bit sarcastic but it always irritates me when people try to peddle “true stories” on the assumption that readers are a bit dim wittedI don’t doubt that Trimble Sr did a good job under difficult circumstances but I don’t believe that job had anything to do with a “secret rescue mission” I also don’t think his son has done his father’s memory any favours by trying to turn him into James Bond or the Scarlet Pimpernel Of course it’s possible that he just faithfully recorded what his father told him but even then he should have realized how utterly improbable it all was especially in the absence of any evidenceHowever the way the authors cherry pick historical evidence and documents to give some semblance of support to their story leads me to believe it is they who concocted the story not Trimble Sr may he rest in peaceFor those who are interested in what actually happened this is an interesting document Other books on the subject

  5. Aaron W. Matthews Aaron W. Matthews says:

    I’ve read reviews that blasted this book for its exclusion of precise names and detailed information calling it implausible and fictitious It is hard to grasp the entirety of the story but it is also not impossible to imagine this historical narrative occurring Yes it is the end of a life recounting of a man’s harrowing and heroic life story in the military during WWII Yes it is told some 60 years after the incidents occurred while Captain Robert M Trimble was in a nursing home And yes some of the details are foggy and incomplete But none of these reasons make the story any less incredible nor the man’s life any less heroic Captain Trimble’s son Lee is the author or co author of this book He spent three years and several years cross checking facts digging up documentation with the CIA FBI DOJ and other agencies in an attempt to be accurate and authentic in writing interviewing his father about his experiences during WWII after a brief mentioning of his father’s military service in Russia This happened almost by accident but I’m very thankful the story has been told There is no telling how many stories like this are carried to the graves of men and women who lived out nearly superhuman episodes during our nation’s past battles and wars War stories are often untold My father retired as a Major from the United States Army with 30 years of military service He was a Marine in Vietnam in 1968 1969 As kids my brother and I would beg him to share stories He was always tight lipped about his experiences He was diagnosed with PTSD as many veterans are and re lived apparent graphic nightmares from some of his experiences He wanted nothing to do with sharing horror stories with his young sons Did he experience hell? Most likely Yet simply because he refused to share the many things he experienced and accomplished during his military experiences and long tenure in wars such as Vietnam and the Gulf War does not in any way denounce the truth of his life I have read several documented articles about Captain Trimble to see if there was indeed validity to his stories There is and this includes medals from the French and Russian governmentsI believe this book to have uite a bit of fictionalized conversation and filler to help complete stories and feelings but I believe the bulk of it is incredible and true It’s a fine book and I’m thankful for people like Captain Trimble who were and are still today willing to sacrifice so much to fight for our freedoms champion the oppressed and help those in harm’s way The man is an example of a great American who’s story is worthy of consideration and respect

  6. Denny Denny says:

    A thrilling story of heroism during WW2 Obviously being based on an oral recounting and documents than half a century old some of the recounting is embellishment but having read stories of the horrible Soviet behavior towards POWs especially their own countrymen and women during Stalin's regime I have no doubt the overall story is true It's a fascinating look at a horrible time in world history and one man's brave efforts to help so many people It's a thrilling read and one of many things that I've read that indicates we truly did make a deal with the devil by allying with Stalin to beat Hitler

  7. Joel Joel says:

    While the premise and writing are good overall being someone who has studied WWII in many aspects over the years I wanted to believe the story but I could not bring myself to do so In fact there's several reasons that I just couldn't buy the whole thing1 It was allegedly this one man against the Soviet Union in that the US was entrusting the entire POW rescue effort to one man You'd think that they'd at least have a team of men working to rescue people2 For being a super secret hush hush off the books mission Robert did a downright terrible job at being covert or uiet with regards to this tasking At one point in the book a reference is made to the fact that even wandering French women know of this American who'd rescue them and what hotel he was in??3 He constantly laments having Soviet minders and tails follow him around and yet he is able to shake all of them with ease despite having absolutely no previous training?? Nope not buying it Also for having so many random people come in from the fields to look for him how are the Soviets not noticing this?4 Robert somehow singlehandedly outwitted the Soviets who were on him night and day and was able to rescue 400 French women One thing of interest is how all of the chapters EXCEPT this one have footnotes Not A Single One I also find it interesting how they're able to tell the stories of other people from their perspective when this was so hush hush5 What really made me roll my eyes when I was reading this book was in the final chapter of when Gen Spaatz allegedly approached Robert with another secret mission this one was to fly the B 29 that would drop an atomic bomb on Japan Yes seriously It makes no sense from a military and practicality standpoint to take someone from Russia pull him out send out to the Pacific spend all the time and effort get him trained up on an airplane he's never flown before and then entrust him with that mission

  8. Ron Ron says:

    “It was a horrific time of my life I don’t know if I can talk about it even now I saw atrocities I saw the worst in people I was deceived into going there—misled and lied to by my own people” Robert TrimbleAnother great story of the war behind the headlines of World War II Gripping tale of a bomber pilot who volunteered for a mission then discovered he was actually sent to do another Well told with sufficient background and detail to draw the reader in I read it in less than two days Maps and photographs document the story“They the ex POWs heeded assistance guidance reassurance Somebody need to be out there helping to bring them to safety Somebody was One man was out there alone; one man whose sole purpose was to get the Americans home And not just Americans all the stray people from the free world were his concern”Unlike many Office of Strategic Service operatives Captain Robert Trimble went into Poland with no training and only a flimsy cover story He did that mission well even as it swelled That the Russians lied should surprise no one; that American diplomats and senior military contrived with them should sadden us all“It was to be a while before Robert discovered the full extent to which both he and Colonel Helton had been lied to”Eventually he saved hundreds of Americans and allies—many of them slave labor civilians—but in the end was snubbed and discarded by his own leadership As bad as the horrors of the Nazis were—and Trimble saw the death camps—what the Russians did to the Americans Allies Poles and even their own people staggers the imagination“Poltava Air Base looked like Hell with everyone out to lunch”While based on the author’s conversations with his father internal evidence suggests this is historical fiction than exact history Undoubtedly this happened; the conversations and action occasionally seems contrived “Appeasement from weakness and fear is alike futile and fatal Appeasement from strength is magnanimous and noble and might be the surest and perhaps only path to world peace” Winston Churchill

  9. Mike Williams Mike Williams says:

    Reads like fiction Great story great writing one of the best books I've experienced True story of an American hero No spoilers just read or better yet listen to it if you like history war non fiction or even fiction

  10. Janet Janet says:

    In school our history books pretty much stopped after “the POWs were rescued” and it never really occurred to me to wonder what happened to them after that I guess I just assumed the liberating troops took care of them and sent them back to their homes Yes I realize that was very naive of me It’s so easy to judge the Soviets for their beliefs which seemed to be mostly along the lines of “you got captured instead of dying honorably; you’re a coward and not deserving of our help” I have to remember that each side always thinks what they’re doing is right

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