In 1943, a group of brave Danish and Norwegian hunters carried out one of the most dramatic operations of World War II. Using dogsleds to patrol a stark 500-mile stretch of the Greenland coast, their wartime mission was to guard against Nazi interlopersan unlikely scenario given the cruel climate. But one day, a footprint was spotted on desolate Sabine Island, along with other obvious signs of the enemy. Not expecting to find the trouble they did, the three Sledge Patrol members escaped to the nearest hunting hut only to have the Germans pursue them on foot. In the dead of the Arctic night, the men escaped capture at the last instant and, without their coats or sled dogs, walked fifty-six miles to get back to base.
While the Sledge Patrol had only hunting rifles, resilience, and their knowledge of outdoor survival, the Germans were armed with machine guns and grenades and greatly outnumbered them. David Howarth skillfully relates the tensely exciting true tale of how the men of the Sledge Patrol fought capture or death in desolation by outwitting and outlasting the enemy. This is a saga of human skill, faith, and enduranceand one of the most remarkable Allied victories ever recorded.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
David Howarth ran a spy ring during World War II from which several of his books derive. Mr. Howarth, who died in 1991, was the author of two dozen major books of history.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Proving that truth is stranger than fiction, Sledge Patrol tells the story of ordinary men accomplishing unbelievable feats under extreme physical conditions and bizarre political circumstances during WWII. Living year-round in the Arctic desolation of eastern Greenland, seven men surreptitiously radioed crucial weather data to the Allies and patrolled the extensive coastline for a Nazi landing. When the Germans arrive, the conflict begins. The book is exciting and inspiring, with moments that are both touching and funny. One of the highlights of the book is how the unarmed and unaggressive band of Danes, Norwegians and Eskimos can outlast and outdistance the better provisioned Germans who aren¿t prepared for life, let alone combat, in the frozen north. Although soon to be reissued, Sledge Patrol was originally published in 1957. At that time, the author was able to get to know the parties involved, both Allied and German, adding dimension to the characters and realism to the story. I loved this book!
Wasn't sure about this one based on the description, but once I started I couldn't put it down. Great WWII story of survival.
Being one of the few who have been travelling arond the coastline of northeast greenland with sleddogs for the SIRIUS patrol in many years, and been where the history took place, I can only say that D. Howarth has written a very fine book, including every detail, about how it was to live back then as a hunter and a musher, in one of the most remote and cold places on earth. The danish SIRIUS Patrol is very proud of the heroisem, our fellow patrolmembers were showing back then. FOR PEOPLE WHO WANTS TO READ ABOUT SURVIVING IN THE ARCTIC, READ THIS BOOK.