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War North of 80: The Last German Arctic Weather Station of World War II

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Wilhelm Dege, William Barr (Editor and translator)
978-1-55238-474-9 (Institutional PDF)
$49.95 CAD / $49.95 USD
396 pages
8 maps, 35 b/w illustrations and photos, glossary, index
Northern Lights
May 2004


About the Book: 

Obtaining weather data was vital for military operations in Northwestern Europe during World War II. In an effort to secure this data, the German Navy and Air Force secretly established manned weather stations in East Greenland, Svalbard, and Franz Josef Land. War North of 80 is the personal story of Wilhelm Dege, the leader of the last weather station, code-named "Operation Haudegen." With a detailed introduction, Barr's translation offers Engish-speaking readers a rare glimpse into the Germans' account of weather activities during World War II in the Arctic. An epilogue written by Dege's son offers insight into the various fates of the expedition members who worked alongside his father.

About the Author(s): 

William Barr specializes in geomorphology and has, for the past thirty years, focused his research on the history of Arctic exploration. He has published fourteen books, including translations from German, French, and Russian, and more than a hundred articles. He is author of From Barrow to Boothia: The Arctic Journal of Chief Factor Peter Warren Dease 1836-1839.