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“ I don’t trust you, and you don’t trust me. Who cares? This is wartime, and we are allies.” - Lt. Col Stanley Chernack, US Naval Commander

Project Zebra

ONE OF THE LAST GREAT UNTOLD STORIES FROM WORLD WAR II.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina. 1942-1944. Declassified 2013.

Project Zebra was a top-secret mission created by Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. And, it would be the only time in history, America would build 185 huge, state-of-the-art warplanes hand-painted with Red Army stars in an American naval yard.

Once built, the planes were ferried to the sleepy, patriotic town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. There a select group of US Naval officers trained 300+ Soviet airmen during a period of 18 months before dispatching a Soviet squadron at a time to the Atlantic and Pacific battle zones.

Project Zebra was far more than just a bold military mission; it was a historic human event. Despite language barriers, cultural differences, and the subsequent Cold War, the Soviet and American Zebras built life-long friendships based on mutual respect and trust—something that might serve us well to remember during today's turbulent times.

Contains 150+ rare photographs and documents.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

“Classy and Heartfelt. History done right. ”
- Manhattan Literary Review

“Utterly compelling read. You will not be able to put it down.”
- San Francisco Book Review

“A unique piece of history that serves as a guidepost for today’s madness.”
- Eurasia Center Worldwide

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