We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

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by David Howarth
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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"Jan Baalstrud encountered some of the most harrowing adventures yet recorded about the survivors of the Second World War . . . A mere outline of Jan's adventures cannot possibly suggest the emotional impact that Mr. Howarth creates by his sharp selection of revealing details and his terse skill in telling a plain, unvarnished tale. We Die Alone fills one with humber admiration for the stubborn courage of a man who refused to die under circumstances that would have killed ninety-nine men out of a hundred and with almost equal admiration for the many men and women who never hesitated to help him as best they could, knowing full well that death was the mildest punishment they could expect for their heroic 'crime.'" --The New York Times "One of the great escape stories of our time." --Chicago Sun-Times "Almost unbelievable. We Die Alone is a spine chiller. It may well become a legend." --Boston Post
Library Journal
This 1955 volume is one of the most remarkable survival stories ever written. Jan Baalsrud was the only survivor of a Norwegian commando team ambushed by the Nazis during World War II. Wounded and with the Germans in pursuit, Baalsrud escaped and miraculously fought his way through the Norwegian tundra to a distant village, where he was saved by locals who helped spirit him to Sweden. Baalsrud suffered frostbite and snowblindness, came through an avalanche, and lived to tell the tale. This edition has a new introduction by Citizen Soldiers' author Stephen Ambrose. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Boston Post
Almost unbelievable. We Die Alone is a spine chiller. It may well become a legend.
Chicago Sun Times
One of the great escape stories of our time.
International Herald Tribune
You won't stop until you come to the end.
New York Times Book Review
We Die Alone fills one with humble admiration for the stubborn courage of a man who refused to die under circumstances that would have killed ninety-nine men out of a hundred and with almost equal admiration for the men and women who never hesitated to help him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599210636
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
117,996
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet 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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 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!
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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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
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