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Author Hansen, Wallace R., 1920-

Title Greenland's icy fury / Wallace Hansen
Edition 1st ed
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1994


Description 1 online resource (xii, 276 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Texas A & M University military history series ; 32
Texas A & M University military history series ; 32.
Summary Stationed at a lonely wind-pounded outpost in an isolated backwater of World War II, the nineteen men of the Greenland Ice Cap Detachment were charged with erecting a weather/rescue station on the ten-thousand-foot-high Ice Cap to serve the Polar aircraft-ferrying route to Europe and to provide vital weather data for the expanding war effort. Greenland's Icy Fury is a lighthearted accounting of one of the least accessible and least known but most stunning parts of the globe - southeast Greenland - and its natural history, geography, geology, glaciers, and foremost, its savage weather and awesome climate. The Polar route to Europe afforded stepping stones for then-short-range aircraft, even though the landing fields were mere pinpoints in the wilderness, but hazardous flying conditions took a heavy toll of planes and airmen
Hitler's Nazis as well as the Allies knew that Greenland's white expanse was a virtual weather factory that played a key role in the day-to-day weather of the North Atlantic shipping lanes and the battlefields of western Europe. Ironically, few people today even realize that American troops were stationed in Greenland during World War II or what obscure role these troops played
. A member of the all-volunteer Ice Cap Detachment, and a graduate geologist before the war, Wallace Hansen found time to look at the rocks, fjords, glaciers, and wildlife of southeast Greenland and to set down the framework for this book. Greenland's Icy Fury is aimed at inquisitive readers who appreciate the outdoors, are curious about their world, and would enjoy decidedly offbeat bits of WWII nostalgia
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-267) and index
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Subject Hansen, Wallace R., 1920-
Hansen, Wallace R., 1920-
Hansen, Wallace R. (1920- )
United States. Army -- Search and rescue operations -- Greenland -- History -- 20th century
United States. Army
World War, 1939-1945 -- Greenland
Military meteorology -- Greenland -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Search and rescue operations -- Greenland
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
Geologists -- United States -- Biography
Meteorologists -- United States -- Biography
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
Armed Forces -- Search and rescue operations
Military meteorology
Search and rescue operations
Meteorologische Beobachtung
Guerre mondiale, 1939-1945 -- Groenland -- Récits personnels américains.
Bases militaires américaines -- Groenland.
Geschichte 1940-1945.
United States
Grönland -- Südost
Genre/Form Personal narratives
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Récits personnels.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 93036823
ISBN 0585174407