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July 8, 2021
Title: Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolph Hitler into Power.  LINK: bookreviewdirectory.wordpress.com/?p=19361&preview=true

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Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolph Hitler into Power follows first Lieutenant Harry E. Watson Jr., a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the height of WWII. Harry became known for his skill at flying in low-visibility conditions, relying solely on his instrumentation and intuition to get him through countless harrowing situations and too-close calls.

From delivering critical medical supplies through German-infiltrated airspace, to performing paratrooper drops, where dropping even half a second late would send men directly into the hands of the enemy, Harry was no stranger to high-stakes operations. As the war progressed, and search mission became more dangerous than the last, Harry discovered his growing reputation as a risk taker. He was asked to complete a career-culminating, top-secret mission that would prove to be more dangerous than anything he’d been tasked with before.

Midnight Flight to Nuremberg is a historical, non-fiction recount of Harry E. Watson’sexperiences during WWII. Black-and-white pictures placed strategically throughout the book range from personal photos of Harry and his comrades during the war, to representative images of what Harry had likely experienced. They provide a historically-accurate account that allows readers to actively visualize the story.  The author strikes a good balance between telling Harry’s story and providing interesting historical and military facts about WWII to vary the content and ensure that readers are not only entertained but are learning something along the way.

The book begins with a brief prologue where the author describes how he was introduced to Harry and his general approach to interviewing his subject, something he clearly excels at. The prologue serves to frame the story and provide a glimpse at the author’s writing process and progression of his relationship with his subject. It will prove helpful when events in the book become so vivid that readers may forget it’s nonfiction.

One of the book’s central themes, establishing Harry as a self-proclaimed risk-taker, is shown early via vivid stories from his early childhood, where 10-year-old Harry squirmed his way into abandoned coal mines in Western Pennsylvania to collect enough coal to warm his family’s home. Though he thought nothing of it at the time, the stories showcase Harry’spersonality and set the stage for his military career.

Though the compilation of Harry’s stories can easily stand alone, it is Harry himself who proves to be the heart and soul of the book. Heis smart, meticulous, and dedicated, which he proves again and again through his actions during each mission. Readers may find that by the time Harry’smidnight flight to Nuremberg occurs, the weight of the single event is far surpassed by the book’s other stories and themes. The title, Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolph Hitler into Power, doesn’t quite accurately represent the focus of the book, nor does the content the justice it deserves.

The book provides a unique historical view of WWII, military terminology, aircrafts, and machinery, and life in the 1940s. Harry is the perfect protagonist to his own story, sharing with readers his harrowing experiences during WWII that many can only imagine. Readers will find a perfect balance of history and biography in MidnightFlight to Nuremberg.

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From LITERARY TITAN EDITORIAL REVIEW, CANADA. August 3, 2021. (literarytitan.com/2021/08/03/midnight-flight-to-nuremberg/)

Midnight Flight to Nuremberg, by Marcus A. Nannini, is the riveting story of Harry Watson Jr’s time as an aviation pilot during World War II. Harry Watson recounts his time enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, as well as his home life, in this stirring and dramatic memoir.

Harry Watson Jr. dreamed of being a pilot. He knew his only chance to get out of a life in the coal mines was to enlist in the military. He went through the necessary training to become a C-47 Pilot/Instructor and earned many awards throughout his time in the Air Corps. One of the most important flights during his career was to bring Franz Von Papen back to base from Nuremberg, Germany. Von Papen was held high in German society and a key contributor to Hitler’s rise in power.

Author Marcus Nannini tells Harry’s time in the Air Corps with precision and a keen eye on the key aspects of a gripping story. As a reader, you feel as if Harry is telling you about his experiences himself. Nannini does Harry justice in the way he tells this story. The reader is able to see what is behind the scenes for a soldier during World War II, the path to becoming an aviation pilot during those times, and who Harry was as a person. Nannini was also able to give the reader a glimpse into the lives of Harry’s fellow crewman and friends. The friendship between Lang and Watson was one I adored reading about. This book not only tells Harry’s military story, but offers further insight into tactics and important figures during Hitler’s reign of terror, making this perfect for military history enthusiasts.

Midnight Flight to Nuremberg is a wonderful retelling of Harry Watson Jr’s experiences as a pilot and instructor during World War II. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys history, listening to real-life experiences from World War II, and to those who want to follow a compelling person through one of the most dramatic times in history.
Pages: 224 | ISBN:1526792737

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By Marcus A. Nannini


Marcus A. Nannini’sMIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolf Hitler into power, is an emotional true story and an enthralling political rollercoaster ride.


  • Posted by C.S. Holmes
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  • August 9, 2021

MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG is Marcus A. Nannini’s biography of World War II First Lieutenant, C-47 pilot Harry E. Watson Jr.
How marvelous it is when history can be made to come alive, as it is in Marcus A. Nannini’s biography MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolf Hitler Into Power. In it, the captivating World War II experiences of First Lieutenant, C-47 pilotHarry E. Watson Jr. are relayed in full living, breathing color, accompanied often by black/white photographic illustration of the characters and combat that peopled Watson’s life.
Pictures of a narrow road filled with slaughtered horses, as German armies endeavored to retreat without air support or adequate tree line cover, are heartbreaking and touching letters to Watson Jr.’s first wife and son add just the right amount of emotional content.
The highlight of Watson’s adventures, as encapsulated by the book’s title, was perhaps the secret mission behind enemy lines to Nuremberg where he was required to land in a deserted meadow, in the dark, in order to pick up U.S. soldiers and prisoners-of-war including Franz von Papen; a gentleman who once convinced President Hindenburg to appoint first himself, and then later Adolph Hitler, Chancellor of Germany.
If not for von Papen — a spy indicted by a U.S. Federal GrandJury in 1916 — General Kurt von Schleicher (who, unlike von Papen, opposed industrialists profiting from the rearmament of Germany) would likely have been Germany’s Chancellor. But von Papen supported industrialists, and he supported things like the Nazi Sturm Abteilung (SA) who had their own particular manner of eliminating political opposition.

Accompanied by over 100 other key figures, Von Schleicher gets brutally murdered during Germany’s Night of Long Knives. All of which is stirring to read about, though really, the pages of this biography are jam-packed with plenty of other hair-raising adventures, as young Watson joins other American military men seeking to do right by serving and protecting their country and the world.
Watson delivers Army nurses with supplies where they are needed at great personal risk to himself. He manages to evacuate a field hospital just moments before the SS arrive, opening fire. Along the way, he loses friends, and sometimes even the belief that he will survive long enough to return to civilian life.
Yet unlike many bittersweet tales of just how difficult it can sometimes be for war veterans to eventually return home, Watson’s ultimate next life chapter as a Continental Airlines pilot is quite satisfying. A bit dryly factual in spots, mostly this biography is a riveting read throughout.

Marcus A. Nannini’s MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolf Hitler Into Power, is an emotional true story and an enthralling political rollercoaster ride.

~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader

***** FIVE STARS*****
Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi who put Adolf Hitler into Power
THE BOOK COMMENTARYBiographies and Memoirs
Publisher: Air World“Midnight Flight to Nuremberg by Marcus A. Nannini begins with a biographical account of Harry E. Watson Jr., which gives readers a chance to understand his character and get to know Harry as a pilot. The story evolves as the story progresses and becomes more interesting as the main character follows through on several tasks and missions, ranging from something as mundane as simple milk deliveries to complex situations where he must learn to fight and defend himself in a war zone.

Throughout the book, the writer talks about the happenings during the war that we rarely get the chance to know about. A case in point is the experience of taking home prisoners of war and the lives of loved ones waiting for their beloved soldiers (fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons) to return. In Midnight Flight to Nuremberg, Nannini brings history to life by perfectly narrating the experiences of Harry E. Watson during WWII. The book is brimming with strategically placed black-and-white pictures of First Lieutenant, C-47 Pilot/Instructor Harry, and his comrades, representing their experiences throughout the war.

There’s nothing more thrilling and exciting than reading about World War II and how it changed the world. However, the part where you read about Harry’s involvement in capturing someone as influential and powerful as Franz Von Papen makes for an even more captivating read. The surreal writing style and details made me feel as though I was right next to Harry, and a part of his journey. Midnight Flight to Nuremberg is easily one of Nannini’s most well-written and well-researched books; an enthralling rollercoaster ride for history buffs.”

Review Date: October 5, 2021
Category: Biographies and Memoirs




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Air World, an Imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd.

ISBN-10: 1526792737

ISBN-13: 978-15267922730

AISN: 1526792737