April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old
institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The
famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in
Vienna, unique and precious animals representing centuries of
careful breeding, are scattered across rural Austria and
Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces -
there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army. Their only
hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US
task force could be sent deep behind German lines, through
fanatical SS troops, to rescue the horses before the Soviets
arrive. Just five light tanks, a handful of armoured cars and
jeeps, and 300 battle-weary GIs must plunge headlong into the
unknown on a rescue mission that could change the course of
European history. So begins Operation Cowboy, the greatest Second
World War story that has never been fully told. GIs will join
forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of
war to save the world's finest horses from fanatical SS and the
ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few
days of the war in Europe.
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