By David Howarth
Originally published in 1955, We Die
Alone chronicles the dramatic story of Jan Baalstrud, a lone survivor
from a team of Norwegian commandos who sailed from northern England to
Nazi-occupied Norway to organize, supply and train the Norwegian
resistance. Locals betrayed the small team, however, and only Baalstrud
escaped the Nazi surprise attack.
The Lyons Press, 231 pp, 1999
Left all alone, with only a pistol and
no food, water, or adequate protection from the frigid Arctic countryside,
Baalstrud struck out for a desperate trek to the relative safety of the
Swedish border. Pursued by Nazis, frostbitten and snow-blind, buried by an
avalanche, and eventually crippled, Baalstrud finally makes it to safety,
but only with the help of brave Norwegian freedom fighters, frustrated and
impotent under the heavy yoke of the Nazis.
The author, David Howarth, ran a spy
ring during World War II, from which he derived this book and another. He
died in 1991.
We Die Alone is a stirring
portrait of one manís determined will to live, and the common thread of
humanity that unites us all.