We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

by David Howarth, Stephen Ambrose

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We Die Alone recounts one of the most exciting escape stories to emerge from the challenges and miseries of World War II. In March 1943, a team of expatriate Norwegian commandos sailed from northern England for Nazi-occupied arctic Norway to organize and supply the Norwegian resistance. But they were betrayed and the Nazis ambushed them. Only one man survived--Jan Baalsrud. This is the incredible and gripping story of his escape.

Frostbitten and snowblind, pursued by the Nazis, he dragged himself on until he reached a small arctic village. He was near death, delirious, and a virtual cripple. But the villagers, at mortal risk to themselves, were determined to save him, and--through impossible feats--they did.

We Die Alone is an astonishing true story of heroism and endurance. Like Slavomir Rawicz's The Long Walk, it is also an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599215808
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 120,423
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

David Howarth ran a spy ring during World War II. He was also the author of two dozen major books of history.

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We Die Alone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This true story is an inspirational example of human courage and mans compassion to reach out and help one another at all costs. This is truly an extaordinary heroic tale that will grip everyone who reads it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a voracious reader by any stretch of the imagination but this story had me locked in for two days. 'We Die Alone' is an incredible story of determination and courage set against the imposing danger of the Arctic elements and Nazi-occupied Norway. The story is incredible and the idea that it is a true story makes it amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We Die Alone, captures Jan Baalsrud's amazing struggle for life. Trying to survive, Jan, a spy for the allied forces in WWII, makes an attempt to cross the Norweigen border into Sweeden in order to save his life, and evade the Nazi forces that are on his tail. Inorder to make it, he must first be able to mannage the journey in the cold arctic climate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down once I picked it up. I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. But an even better edge-of-your-seat page-turner is Dorit Whiteman's recent book, Escape Via Siberia, which also tells an against-all-odds WW II survival story but provides richer historical context.
BillCA More than 1 year ago
In March 1943, Jan Baalsrud and a team of Norwegian commandos land in Nazi-occupied Norway. Their mission is to organize Norwegian resistance. The team is ambushed on arrival with only Jan Baalsrud, though wounded, survives. The story is Baalsrud's amazing struggle against unbelievable odds to escape his German pursuers, traveling across the frozen landscape of Norway to Sweden. Throughout his perilous journey across Norway, he is assisted by Norwegian patriots who knowingly risk their lives to provide him aid. Fascinating story. A must read.
RogCBrand More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that shows us just how amazing some of those in the World War 2 generation were. Half of what this guy went through would kill most people today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe story of endurance, trust and survival
cokecop More than 1 year ago
Being of Norwegian heritage may have influenced my rating a tad but even without this "connection" to the subjects in the story, it is still a gripping account of survival and compassion for fellow humans during a time of suspicion and uncertainty. It was, for me, one of those "hard to put down" books. It's an amzing account of the will to live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was stolen from me several years ago, and it made its way around a New Mexico high school. When I saw a new publication, I had to buy it and read it again. It is just unbelievable. I can't understand how Jan Baalstrud managed to survive at all. My favorite part has always been where Jan, wearing a jacket with the Norwegian flag on it, skis through a group of German soldiers getting breakfast. The determination of the northern Norwegians to help Jan, even if it meant that their village probably be wiped out by the Germans, is incredible. I can't imagine anybody amputating their own toes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm serious this was amazing. It is somethin else for someone to tell a story when they knew the person. Outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing story of a small group of ex-patriate Norwegians who sail from the UK to northern Norway in an attempt to build resistance movement against the Nazis. But they are ambushed, and one man from the group excapse to Sweden in an amazing story. What makes it amazing is that it was all true; and the main heroics go to the people of Norway (and the Lapps)who aided him, and literally dragged him to saftey. If you liked this type of book I also reccomend 'Jonas of Kiivijarvi : Finnish Freedom Fighter' by Leslie W. Wisuri and 'War in the Woods' by Mart Laar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an excellent book . it makes you want to read it more and more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say it was worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read this type of book but it was an amazing read--well written and the fact that it actually happened grabs your heart.
SFeTed More than 1 year ago
the man lived through so much hardship, that the saying "fact is stranger then fiction" how ever the writing was very dull despite all the research that went into it. At times; found myself skipping pages to move on!
mikerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bungled sabotage mission results in an Allied soldier fleeing the Nazis in the far north. It's an incredible story of determination and survival. Recommended.
gwendolyndawson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A griping story about an English saboteur and his escape from the Germans in Northern Norway. A real page-turner. Very well-told.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the winter of 1943, a fishing trawler with 12 men¿eight sailors and four commandos¿landed at the coast of Northern Norway above the Artic Circle with plans to start up a guerilla operation against the Nazi occupiers. They were betrayed by Quislings almost on the first day, the boat was attacked and sunk, and 11 of the men were killed. Jan Baalsrud escaped just 100 yards ahead of the German troops chasing him, through sub-zero weather while soaking wet (he had to swim through ice-filled water twice that first night), with a bare foot (one toe shot off). These were the easy moments. In the coming weeks, aided by the Norwegian farmers of this remote region, hunted by Germans, he made his way to neutral Sweden. Along the way, he endured severe frostbite, gangrene, an avalanche, a major concussion, repeated starvation, multiple blizzards, a self-performed amputation, being buried for days, abandonment on a mountain plateau (wet) for weeks.The impact of this story is that it is non-fiction. In a work of fiction, this might not be believable even in a Dirk Pitt book. As history, about the only thing that might compare with it is Shackleton.The book flows along quite quickly. About the only off-key note is the author's portrayal of the Sámi...or Lapps, as he calls them (most articles indicate that the Sámi consider the latter term derogatory). His descriptions are generally patronizing at best, offensive at times. Unfortunate, since two of the Sámi complete Baalsrud's rescue.Howarth's writing falls short of inspirational but the tale is amazing and worth reading.
marshapetry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best histories I've read. An amazing story! Recommend!Yes, there were a lot of long periods of waiting and freezing and starving, but this was an incredible, true, story of survival; it would not have been nearly as good if anything was "stretched" to make it more exciting. One thing I especially liked is how Howarth added info about how the story was verified - he admits that maybe some time lines were debatable - to me that only adds to the incredible tale because he *didn't* make outlandish claims. He honestly noted where there were gray areas.One my favorites of all time.
creighley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fast-paced tale of the bravery of the Norwegans to save the life of an allied soldier, Jan. The true heroics of the people who helped him to safety and enormity of the task and the remarkable fact that Jan lived despite the weather conditions are well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing saga of the indomitable fortitude of the human spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy is a bad @$$! Love the book. Have read it twice and will read again.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, puts you into the smuggling of an injured soldier. The feats of human strength by the people is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mountain climbers weather report i can see now way how a man can surive under the conditions described in this account also surprised by mr ambrose introduction