Report from: No. 24
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Report from: No. 24

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Sonsteby tells his courageous story of espionage and sabotage against the Naziz and of eluding capture through daring, intuition, and a constant slew of changing identities.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Barricade Books Inc (first published January 28th 1964)
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Known as a master of disguise, Norwegian freedom fighter Gunnar Sonsteby did much to weaken the Nazi stranglehold on Norway during WWII. Despite being on their most wanted list for many years, Sonsteby was able to elude capture by the Gestapo and survive to personally guard the royal family upon their return to Oslo. He is the most highly decorated person in Norway.

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This is again one of those little corners of WWII History that is stranger than fiction and all true! It is a quick read in a fast diary narrative style. It rambles a bit, but gives some rich details about the Norwegian resistance and the truly heroic efforts of a small cadre of fighters against the Nazi machine. I did not give it more stars because I felt the transition from the Norwegian to English should have been a little smoother, consequently that slightly detracted from the flow. Nonethel...more
Carmen Amato
Authentic memoir of one of the most active members of the Norwegian Resistance during WWII. Not a comprehensive history of Norway's war, but a very personal account of a young man caught up in the war and his efforts to fight Nazi occupation. He ended up being the most decorated Norwegian resistance fighter and his narrative is too modest.
This is a great story - but I didn't think it was very-well written. It was confusing at times - he would mention new people without have introduced them. Also, the way the action was written was very matter of fact and didn't really draw you into the story. A map also would have been helpful. However, despite these criticisms, I think it is still worth reading if you are interested in the subject matter. It's really an amazing story about Sonsteby and his colleagues, and their heroic accomplish...more
This author has an absolutely amazing story! I've heard him speak twice and read his book twice. I found his adventures as a member of the Norwegian Resistance during WW2 extremely interesting. I understand there is now a statue of him in Oslo.
Dave Hoff
Every Norsk should read this and other accounts of the Resistance fighters during WWII. What a thrilling book this is.
Gerry Connolly
Report from #24 recounts Norwegian Gunnar Sonsteby's exploits in anti-Nazi resistance. Real courage.
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Gunnar Fridtjof Thurmann Sønsteby was a member of the Norwegian resistance movement during the German occupation of Norway in World War II. He is also known for being the most highly decorated person in Norway, including being the only one to have been awarded the War Cross with three swords.
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