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

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Lyons Press (first published 1957)
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Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Ian
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Sledge Patrol" is a book I read in order to while away the time on a recent long-haul flight, and it turned out to be a remarkable true-life adventure from WWII, a sideshow in the grand scheme of a conflict in which more than 50 million died, but a human drama to match any.

The book relates the story of the 15 or so men of the North-East Greenland Sledge Patrol, a mixture of Danish, Norwegian and Inuit civilians appointed by the Wartime Danish Governor of Greenland to patrol a remote and alm
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Eric_W
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The east coast of Greenland is a vast wasteland inhabited only by a few intrepid hunters. Technically a Danish colony, some 2200 miles away and geographically part of North America, the Greenland governor decided to cast the island’s lot with the allies, after Denmark was overrun by the Germans. It was of strategic importance to the United States and Britain who needed weather reports in order to predict weather over Europe. I didn’t realize just how far north the country is until I looked at a ...more
Corto
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reality again trumps fiction. Amazing story of how a small band of Danes and Greenlanders fought an equally small band of Germans on the North-East coast of Greenland during the spring and summer of 1943. Amazing feats of human endurance and a shrewd insight into the psychology of the protagonists. Highly recommended.
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.
Scotty
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining and interesting, to think that there was a battle in such a country as Greenland.
There were multiple typos through the book but I'm fine with that. Though I didn't like that the book tried really hard to tell us who were the good guys, they didn't stop with the Ritter is actually good thing through the whole freaking book, that was pretty annoying.
Keith Haan
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting account of the patrolling of Northeast Greenland during WW II for Germans. I was drawn to the book because of my Danish ancestors. Greenland is controlled by Denmark and there were a number of Danes in the Sledge Patrol. Whereas I found it an interesting read concerning living in the Arctic, I was put off by numerous typos. Poorly edited!
Monte Owen
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a little bit to get going but was a very interesting book.
Suzette
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Sledge Patrol" is by the same author of the riveting true-adventure story "We Die Alone" and it does not disappoint. During WWII, a small and hardy band of Danish and Norwegian hunters, responsible for patrolling the coast of Greenland from the enemy, encountered a larger group of German soldiers and Nazis armed with machine guns and grenades. Travelling a vast region - hundreds of miles - of the Arctic north via dog sledge, skiing, and walking, the group, along with their Inuit friends, ex ...more
Sue
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the Danes vs the Germans in Eastern Greenland during WWII. A number of weather station outposts had been established by the Danes providing weather reports to the British and American forces. When the signals started being coded so the Germans couldn't get them as well, a German group landed and set up their own weather station. For a while, the German presence was hidden, but all that changed when one of the Danish group was on patrol and came across footprints. From that point on, it bec ...more
Mark Barnett
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
JD
Great book about the little known history of the Sledge Patrol in Greenland. A book about adventure, endurance and survival which is well written and gripping. Loved this book and recommend it to anyone who likes to read about Arctic adventures. A lot of background is given about the history of Greenland so there is a fascinating history lesson here as well.
Linda
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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How men who patrolled a 500 mile stretch of Greenland by dogsled fought capture or death by outwitting and outlasting the Nazis.
caitiekay
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Riveting. Couldn't put it down. I've recommended it to a number of friends.
Wendell Godard
Good story, simply told.
Mat Soole
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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