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Jim Bow
10-30-2016, 04:09 PM
"The Winter Fortress" by Neal Bascomb is a simply wonderful history of the Norwegian Resistance organization during WW2.
Those were some tough hombres. 4 of them spent 4 months in an 8X8 cabin. Eating an occasional reindeer, including its eyelids. The eyelash follicles are a source of fat. Their only source of vitamin C was from the half digested moss in the reindeer stomachs.
Four months in place waiting for the right time to go into action followed by a 250 mile cross country ski at 20 to 40 below (F).
The last team member is a ripe old 97.

I still wouldn't mess with him.

David W Pratt
10-30-2016, 07:43 PM
I met a veteran of that resistance, Arne Heen, climbing in Norway

10-30-2016, 10:23 PM
Thanks for the recommendation Jim, it's going on my list. A year or more ago I read "We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance" by David Howarth, another remarkable story from that resistance.

Jim Bow
10-30-2016, 11:43 PM
JP I haven't read that one, but I read the story here:. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/magazine/the-fugitive.html?_r=0

I think that Bear Grylls wants to attempt to follow that escape route.