Underwater Saboteur, Max Manus
Translated from Norwegian by F H Lyon
The exploits of Max Manus famous for his sinking of the German troopship Donau, rank amongst the most unusual and outstanding of wartime adventures. One of the first leaders of the Norwegian resistance, he was arrested by the Germans in 1941 but escaped by jumping out of the window of a hospital. This early episode was only a prelude to the astonishing tasks which he undertook later when, after a period of training in England by the Special Operations Executive, he parachuted into Norway to carry out extraordinary missions against the German Forces.
Helped by a tiny group of companions, he specialised in attacks against German ships. With homemade torpedoes he swam out and attacked destroyers; on one occasion he lived for three days under a wharf before sabotaging a ship with limpets. Such episodes would be amazing in themselves, but they are set against a background of desperate odds with the Gestapo net closing ever tighter around the group, at least one of which committed suicide when cornered in order to avoid betraying his comrades under torture.
The author’s perpetually narrow escapes from re-capture are breath-taking and suggest not nine lives but one for each hair on his head.
Hardback with dust jacket in protective cellophane wrapper. Dust jacket rubbed and torn at top and bottom edges with some pieces missing.
Mottling around the outside edges of the pages
150 mm x 223 mm (approx.. 6 in x 9 in)
Black and white photos interspersed throughout.
1953, William Kimber & Co Ltd, London
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|Dimensions||32 × 18 × 3 cm|