The Alsos Mission by Boris T. Pash
New York : Award House, 1969. Inscribed/signed by Boris T. Pash. First Edition. Hardcover. 256 pages ; 21 cm. $6.95 dust jacket unclipped. Very good copy in original dust jacket with unmarked pages and square binding.
The Alsos Mission by Colonel Boris T. Pash, AUS Ret
The time was 1944, a critical period in World War II. The Allies were just beginning to get a foothold on the Axis stronghold. But Hitler was stubbornly holding back the pressure and bragging about his secret arsenal of super-weapons. Intelligence reports were coming in of huge concrete installations and underground constructions, and Allied scientists were feverishly searching for the answer to the one crucial question that plagued their governments: Did the Nazis have the secret of the atomic bomb?
To find the answer, Colonel Boris T. Pash was directed to head a dangerous Intelligence operation at times through the front lines of both the Allies and the Axis. Its code name was The Alsos Mission or Alsos.
This is the story of that mission, as told by its commander. It involved a dedicated group of scientists, intelligence men and military personnel. Its purpose was to determine how close Hitler was to unleashing atomic warfare.
The mission was of extreme urgency and the highest priority. The development of the bomb was a critical factor in determining the course of the war. Our own project had progressed far by the fall of 1943. Yet German scientists had been among the pioneers in nuclear fission. It seemed likely that they were as advanced in the development of the bomb as we were, if not ahead of us. The Allies were now faced with an apparent race with Hitler and the fate of the world hung in the balance.
This is the incredible story of the men of this American Task Force, who risked their lives in the flaming front lines to bring back the information so desperately needed. A story is little known in World War II history, The Alsos Mission was dangerous, deadly —and vital to American survival.
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