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    David Howarth(Author)

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From the author of We Die Alone, The Shetland Bus recounts the hundreds of crossings of small boats from the Shetland Islands to German-occupied Norway to supply arms to the Resistors and to rescue refugees-all under constant threat by German U-boats and winter storms.

"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 MonitorOne 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"

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  • PDF | 264 pages
  • David Howarth(Author)
  • The Lyons Press; 1 edition (17 Jun. 2008)
  • English
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  • By Mr. LGD Williams on 10 December 2008

    This is a wonderful tale of an diverse mix of men from Norway and Britain, some military, most not who came together in the Shetlands to form a link between Norway and Britain during the dark days of Nazi occupation. The tales of heroism at sea are awe inspiring, long voyages north of the Artic circle in vile conditions right under the nose of the Nazi war machine to deliver men and munitions and importantly hope to Norway. A really good read indeed about people whose deeds are scarcely known but fully deserve to be recorded. Highly recommended.

  • By Mrs Book Pig on 10 June 2007

    An utterly gripping and fantastically well written account of the unconventional British Navy and Norwegian operations through the dark, storm lashed winters in Shetland. Howarth vividly evokes Shetland - you can almost feel the rain on your face. This book is a fitting remembrance to the courage of the men who risked all; in Shetland people remember them very well. It describes how closely Norway worked with Britain and how a special relationship developed betweenour two countries. Every year Norway sends 2 christmas trees to the UK, one intended for Trafalgar Square in London, and the other to Shetland.

  • By Egil Førdedal on 25 October 2014

    Being a native Norwegian, and growing up in Western Norway in the 1960's I often heard stories from the Shetland traffic during WW2. This book is simply fantastic because it tells the stories exactly as they happened. Many of the stories in this book took place in the area where I grew up. This makes it all the more interesting. However, the essence of this book is about the guts, the courage and the determination these men and women had, and that they were willing to sacrifice anything in order to live in a free country. It is also a huge tribute to the people of Shetland. WIthout their help none of this would have been possible, We owe a lot to all of those who took part in these dangerous operations. May they never be forgotten. Thank you to all of those of fought. To those who surived, and not least, to those who gave their lives for our beloved Norway. Last, but not least, thank you David J. Howarth for writing this book. It is a mastertpiece.

  • By Money & more M & S on 17 June 2017

    This is a great book which shows the courage and tenacity of the Norwegian Sailors during World War II.

  • By Paul on 1 April 2017

    A gripping read about a little known part of the WWII effort from the Shetland Isles.

  • By C. Shepherd on 22 December 2008

    When changing flights between England and Shetland I picked up a used copy of this book at a charity stall in Inverness airport. Expecting the usual sort of war story, I was quickly drawn into a fascinating account of bravery and stamina, to such an extent that I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Although I had, and still do, visit Shetland regularly, the story of the Shetland Bus was new information for me. Since reading it I have made a point of visiting the places mentioned, and on a recent visit to Shetland I experienced some of the exceptionally wild weather that these islands endure.If you like true stories, this is one of the best. Then go north, and see the place, you will never forget it.

  • By Leigh Forbes on 22 May 2017

    David Howarth’s "The Shetland Bus" tells of a dangerous and tenuous sea-link forged between Shetland and Norway during the war.Initially based in Lunna (later Scalloway) in the UK's most northerly island-group, a discreet fleet of “fishing vessels” was gathered to ferry men and supplies to and from the wartime resistance in Norway. Travelling only in winter (to avoid the summer’s constant daylight), and suffering unimaginable hardships (sometimes for weeks at a time), the crews pitted themselves against not only the Germans, but the North Sea itself, risking their lives over and over to rescue agents and deliver vital equipment. Some were wrecked, some were captured, some just vanished. But many got through, making valuable contributions to the war effort."The Shetland Bus" is a first-hand account of the operation, written by one of the officers involved. Despite reading it whilst staying in Shetland (meaning I could visit the very-real places it describes), the narrative alone was more than enough to bring the story to life. I couldn’t put it down.


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