Ordeal Below Zero

Ordeal Below Zero : The Heroic Story of the Arctic Convoys in World War II

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From August 1941 convoys of merchant ships gathered in Scottish ports or at Reykjavik and crossed the Arctic Ocean carrying war materials and Red Cross supplies for the Russian cities of Murmansk and Archangel.

Each voyage was a struggle for survival through treacherous seas, ice-packs, snow-storms and the Arctic darkness. The sailors struggled against German bomber planes, U-Boats and destroyers, as well as the battleship Tirpitz. To survive the sea crossing was just the beginning as they also had to survive the Arctic winter.

Georges Blond recreates these voyages, and the heroism of the ships' crews, through official documents, ships' logs and eye-witness testimony. He conveys the drama and feats of endurance that led Winston Churchill to describe the Arctic convoys as: "the worst journey in the world."
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 15.24mm | 199.58g
  • Souvenir Press Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 12 pp black and white photographs
  • 0285643835
  • 9780285643833
  • 1,886,497

About Georges Blond

Georges Blond was a prolific French writer of military history, whose works included The Marne: The Battle that Saved Paris and Changed the Course of the First World War. He enlisted in the French navy during World War II. He died in 1989.
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