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The Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Adventure
     

The Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Adventure

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by 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

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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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Library Journal
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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“One of the best adventure stories to come out of any war . . . a story of heroism and high endeavor upon the sea.” –The New York Times Book Review “Mr. Howarth does an especially good job of describing, without any heroics, the vicissitudes undergone by the survivors of these expeditions, many of whom managed to fight their way out of Norway and to freedom.” –The New Yorker “One after another of Howarth’s stories shows the skill, hardihood, and sheer courage of his men.” –Chicago Tribune “For many of us the stories of Beowulf and Siegfried were required reading, but here in this modern saga are tales of resourcefulness, discipline, character and heroism which match the courage of those legendary heroes and excel them by their impulsion of patriotism and brotherly love.” –Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762766314
Publisher:
Globe Pequot Press
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
184,499
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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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The Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Adventure 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, well written but a little dry at times.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.