The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
During WWII as part of a secret scheme to breed the perfect war horse, Nazi Germany had many of Europe’s thoroughbreds moved to secret farms in Czechoslovakia and Austria. Among them were the famous Lipizzaners, including those from Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School. They remained undiscovered until the chaotic last days of the war when a small troop of battle weary American soldiers captured a German spy carrying photographs of these beautiful animals.
The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts tells the story of the dramatic rescue of 1200 horses, including 375 Lipizzaners. With only hours to spare, and with the starving Russian army advancing on the farms that held them in a fog of war, cavalryman Colonel Hank Reed with the blessing of General George Patton launched a covert rescue operation that would have a lasting impact on the equestrian world.
The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts is available to reserve in both regular and large print at the Haliburton County Public Library.
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