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Simply days previous, on April 26, 1945, a German intelligence unit had surrendered to the second one Cavalry crew at a looking hotel close to the Czech border. the various German unit’s mystery records integrated photos of lovely horses, together with Lipizzaners, which got here to the eye of Colonel Charles Hancock Reed. The German officer with whom Reed reviewed the images defined that the horses have been between thousands that the Germans had accumulated from the best breeding inventory in Europe and had despatched to a wide stud farm within the close by city of Hostau, Czechoslovakia, the place Czech and varnish prisoners have been taking good care of them. Reed was resolute to not allow the horses fall into the arms of the speedily forthcoming Russian military, yet he confronted one daunting hindrance: the Yalta contract. Czechoslovakia used to be now in the Soviet area of profession. Reed despatched a message to 3rd military headquarters inquiring for acclaim for a rescue operation. Patton’s speedy reaction: “Get them. Make it quick! ” With the pink military purely approximately sixty miles east of Hostau, Reed deliberate a bold rescue. He despatched a messenger to the Germans on the stud farm inquiring for a consultant to barter phrases of give up. That night a German officer, Captain Rudolf Lessing, a employees veterinarian at Hostau, approached a moment Cavalry outpost. He was once taken to Reed and provided a counterproposal—send an officer again with him to Hostau to seek advice from the neighborhood German commander, and the 2 males may negotiate a give up. Reed telephoned Patton after which dispatched Captain Thomas M. Stewart, an intelligence officer with the second one Cavalry’s Forty-second Reconnaissance Squadron, to accompany Lessing again to Hostau. Stewart, the son of a U. S. senator from Tennessee, carried a letter in either German and English designating him because the American emissary below Lessing’s defense and indicating that he was once empowered to barter the quit. Lessing and Stewart set out walking and walked for half of 1 mile sooner than coming to the motorbike that Lessing had hidden in a few trees. They rode to the barn of a pleasant Czech, the place they exchanged the motorbike for a couple of horses, environment off back approximately hour of darkness. the remainder eighteen miles in their trip took them via dense woods—“the woodland was once so thick via there you felt such as you have been driving via partitions of darkness,” Stewart recalled years later. An skilled rider, Stewart used to be delighted to discover himself astride a Lipizzaner stallion—a favourite mount of King Peter II of Yugoslavia, no much less. while he encountered a three-foot-high street block of logs and branches, the yankee charged the crisis meaning to bounce it. His German advisor, who knew a fashion round the roadblock, known as out to Stewart, “He doesn’t bounce! ” It used to be too overdue to prevent Stewart and his stallion, even if the caution was once unnecessary—the pair made an ideal bounce around the problem. after they arrived on the stud farm, Stewart encountered a extra severe predicament. the executive of the farm, Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Rudofsky, had at the start given his blessing to the plan for hand over yet had had a metamorphosis of middle after Lessing’s departure.