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

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The true story of how a handful of men, armed only with rifles, defended Greenland against a troop of Nazi invaders.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by The Lyons Press (first published 1957)
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Oct 02, 2012 ^ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in the father shores of WW2 and the best in human nature
I have to hand it to David Howarth; he really knows how to find and tell a good ‘story’. “The Sledge Patrol” is an eye-opening narrative of what must rank as one of the, if not the, most extraordinary conflicts of World War 2.

The action takes place in Greenland (a colony of Denmark), the largest island in the world, possessing 1600 miles of coastline, and with (in 1940) a population of just 22,000 souls, predominantly living on the West coast. North of Scoresby Sound on the East coast the human...more
Very interesting episode illuminating a small corner of WWII. If you're into "man against the elements" stories, this book details events about people pushing the envelope of survival in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet. The book also is one of the few that genuinely shows the dichotomy of ideologies in the German military and does it more convincingly than the bulk of revisionist history and fiction.
Vandenbergh, Zack
I stopped reading this book because I felt as though I was reading a textbook and not a story.
Mark Barnett
A pleasant surprise. I sometimes read a book at random based on the synopsis on the back cover. This ended up being a very interesting account of a little known incident in WWII Greenland, when a handful of Danes and a few dozen Eskimos armed with nothing but their cold weather survival knowledge and a few hunting rifles, found themselves defending Greenland against a landing party of machine-gun wielding German Nazis. A good polar adventure and human drama.
How men who patrolled a 500 mile stretch of Greenland by dogsled fought capture or death by outwitting and outlasting the Nazis.

Working from a list of books I read years ago. This has been a favorite of my family for a long time.
Colleen Lahey
Interesting book. I did not know that Greenland was involved in World War II. I felt really bad for the lost of so many sled dogs.
Great book. Riveting. Couldn't put it down. I've recommended it to a number of friends.
Mat Soole
Even if you don't like war books it's a must read, never put it down
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David Armine Howarth was a British historian and author. After graduating from Cambridge University, he was a radio war correspondent for BBC at the start of the Second World War. Howarth joined the Navy after the fall of France. He became involved in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and ultimately in the Shetland Bus, an SOE operation manned by Norwegians running a clandestine route between...more
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