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Castle Itter: When US and German troops fought Nazis

One of the final battles of World War Two could have come straight out of a Hollywood movie.

US and rebel German forces united to defend a mediaeval castle against hardline Nazi troops who were intent on executing the VIP prisoners that had been imprisoned there.

The castle in Itter in Austria is a landmark in an area best known for skiing and beautiful mountain scenery.

But 70 years ago, a former German army officer and a small group of his men fought side by side with allied soldiers to protect French politicians and generals from certain death.

Stephen Harding is a military historian, and has exhaustively researched what has become known as "The Last Battle in Europe".

  • 08 May 2015
  • From the section Europe
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