The Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Adventureby David Howarth
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The occupation of Western Europe and Scandinavia in the spring of 1940 crippled Britain's ability to gather intelligence information. After the Germans invaded Norway, many Norwegians knew that small boats were constantly sailing from the Shetland Islands to land weapons, supplies, and agents and to rescue refugees. In The Shetland Bus, David Howarth, who was second in command of the Shetland base, recounts the hundreds of trips made by fishing boats in the dark of Arctic winter to resist the Nazi onslaught. For the Norwegians who remained in Norway, The Shetland Bus fortified them both physically and spiritually.Nothing but war would have made seamen attempt such dangerous journeys. Some stretched two thousand miles in length and lasted as long as three weeks in boats only fifty to seventy-five feet long. Fishing boats crossing the North Sea were sometimes attacked and sunk in minutes, hundreds of miles from a friendly ship or shore. Their crews had no hope of being saved. But to "take the Shetland Bus" meant escape when capture became the only other option. The Shetland Bus is the amazing true-life account of storms, attacks, danger, and the heroic efforts of brave men. (5 1/2 X 8 1/4, 248 pages, b&w photos, maps)
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David Howarth ran a spy ring during World War II from which this book was derived. Mr. Howarth, who died in 1991, was the author of two dozen major books of history.
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A finely written tale of bravery and adventure by Norwegian Men and Women in WWII. My copy is profusely illustrated with photos and maps. Was it worth it? Yes the efforts of a base of 100 men in Shetland, kept 10 Divisions of German Infantry hard at work in Norway all through the Russian invasion of Germany and the relief of Europe.
Good story, well written but a little dry at times.
I have not read this book yet. I read an account of my brothers death in a Norwegian newspaper article just recently--what a story! I am eager to get this book and read what they went through. The intent of the seven young men on this particular journey was to join the British to fight the German presence in Norway and Europe.