The Sledge Patrol: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Victory

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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 interlopers—an 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 ...

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Overview

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 interlopers—an 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 endurance—and one of the most remarkable Allied victories ever recorded.

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Editorial Reviews

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“An amazing tale of perilous adventure . . . vibrant with life and fear and the sense of momentous events in the making.” –Chicago Tribune

“Simply and honestly written; it conveys the true spell of the Arctic . . . Spellbinding–Kirkus Reviews

“[A] chronicle of war action and tense adventure . . . Mr. Howarth writes about the Far North with a sure appreciation of its harmony and beauty . . . The Sledge Patrol is the story of one of the great adventures of World War II.”

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Released in 1951 and 1957, respectively, these titles offer little-known chapters in the history of World War II. Sledge Patrol tells how a handful of Danes and Norwegians on dog sleds patrolled a 500-mile perimeter of the Greenland coast to keep watch for Nazi invaders. When the day came, the men eluded the Germans using their hunting skills and knowledge of the Arctic terrain and managed to get back to base by walking the 56 miles without any equipment in some cases not even coats to bring word of the German presence. The "Shetland Bus" was the nickname given to the Norwegian fishing fleet, which was used to shuttle refugees secretly to freedom and bring supplies and intelligence to the Allied forces. Howarth, a British naval officer, was among the leaders of the Shetland Bus operation, so this history is based on firsthand experience. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599213224
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 245,502
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


David Howarth served as a British naval officer during World War II, running the Norwegian-mannered spy ring whose name became the title of his first best-selling book. The author of two dozen majoy works of history, including We Die Alone and The Shetland Bus, also available from The Lyons Press, he died in 1991.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Eskimoness 1
Part 2 Sabine Island 37
Part 3 The Encounter 59
Author's Note 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Great 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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