The kiddo was at fencing camp. I was hiding in the back corner of the local, to the camp, library, working on editing and curic for next year. On one of my trips from the back corner to the bathroom a book caught my eye, Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff. I love me some WWII true story adventure. And this one did not disappoint.
Zuckoff weaves the tale of Greenland in WWII with the modern day hunt to bring home the last 2 unaccounted for Coast Guard service men. Greenland’s use during WWII is one of those little popularly known trivia answers. When you think WWII, you think Europe and Africa and East Asia. Most don’t even think that much, they think Pearl Harbor. LOL
But Greenland played a key roll. All those American planes that went to help in Europe, they had to be flown there by transport crews from America. The Atlantic is a big fat ocean. And we’re talking 1940s technology. They needed a place to pit. Several American bases were built there to aid in the transport. Lots of planes crashed there. Greenland is an inhospitable nightmare of snow, ice, and total white out conditions which come up in a nanosecond. I did mention 1940s technology right?
I could tell you the story but then you wouldn’t read the book. LOL. In brief, a transport crashes. A search commences. One of the search planes crashes. Another search plane crashes and another and another. I lost track actually. Some of the men came home, some didn’t.
After a couple of previous attempts to locate one of the crashed rescue planes, in 2012 they try to succeed. Just read the book, it’s worth it. LOL
℘℘℘℘℘ – great writing, compelling tale. You can’t beat what really happened for characters that you can identify with and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat.