By Wallace R. Hansen

Stationed at a lonely wind-pounded outpost in an remoted backwater of worldwide conflict II, the 19 males of the Greenland Ice Cap Detachment have been charged with erecting a weather/rescue station at the ten-thousand-foot-high Ice Cap to serve the Polar aircraft-ferrying path to Europe and to supply important climate info for the increasing warfare attempt. Greenland's Icy Fury is a lighthearted accounting of 1 of the least available and least identified yet such a lot wonderful components of the globe--southeast Greenland--and its typical heritage, geography, geology, glaciers, and most appropriate, its savage climate and extraordinary weather. The Polar path to Europe afforded stepping stones for then-short-range airplane, even supposing the touchdown fields have been mere pinpoints within the desolate tract, yet harmful flying stipulations took a heavy toll of planes and airmen. Hitler's Nazis in addition to the Allies knew that Greenland's white expanse used to be a digital climate manufacturing facility that performed a key position within the daily climate of the North Atlantic delivery lanes and the battlefields of western Europe. mockingly, few buyers even detect that American troops have been stationed in Greenland in the course of global battle II or what vague position those troops played.

A member of the all-volunteer Ice Cap Detachment, and a graduate geologist sooner than the warfare, the writer discovered time to examine the rocks, fjords, glaciers, and flora and fauna of southeast Greenland and to set down the framework for this booklet. Greenland's Icy Fury is aimed toward inquisitive readers who have fun with the outside, are thinking about their global, and may get pleasure from decidedly offbeat bits of WWII nostalgia.

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Apusiajik Glacier 217 29-3. Knud Rasmussen Glacier 221 29-4. Icebergs in Angmagssalik Fjord 222 31-1. Kangerdlugssuatsiaq 236 31-2. Tupilak from Kungmiut 239 31-3. View from Hotel Angmagssalik 240 31-4. Angular peaks of Angmagssalik Fjord 242 31-5. Glacial horn 243 31-6. Rusting oil drums at BE-2 244 31-7. East wall of Sermiligaq Fjord 245 31-8. Iceberg in Angmagssalik Fjord 247 31-9. Wild flowers at Blomsterdalen 248 31-10. Ikateq Sermia 251 Maps 1-1. Wartime Arctic air route to Europe 6 1-2. Ocean currents, pack ice, and tree lines 12 3-1.

Modern helicopters hadn't yet been designed, though builders were experimenting in the late 1930s with a curious forerunner called an autogyro, which had a powered propeller up front like an ordinary airplane and an unpowered, wind-milling prop on top. When an autogyro flew over your house, everyone ran outside to look. The atomic bomb had yet to be detonated (first detonation was on July 16, 1945), and its development was a military secret. Matter, we were told, could neither be created nor destroyed, but if we could split the atom, unimagined benefits would accrue.

Near the end of the month five of us returned to Boston to draw out Arctic gear and clothing. We were housed temporarily at the army dock in the Boston Port of Embarkation, right next door to the navy aircraft carrier Lexington, an enormous vessel that a disputatious GI in the local stevedor battalion insisted was just a "baby flattop"; it was about three blocks long. The army brought in a bunch of German POWs, captured in the Africa campaign. They were shipped to Boston, they claimed in broken English, because the army didn't want them to see the bombed-out ruins of New York.

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