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Tales Of Tenacity And Hope: Jan Baalsrud (10/14/23)

Tales Of Tenacity And Hope:  Jan Baalsrud  (10/14/23)
14 ott 2023 · 11 min. 8 sec.

In 1943, Baalsrud was a member of a commando team sent by the Norwegian government-in-exile to carry out a sabotage mission against German forces in Norway. Their mission, known as...

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In 1943, Baalsrud was a member of a commando team sent by the Norwegian government-in-exile to carry out a sabotage mission against German forces in Norway. Their mission, known as Operation Martin, went awry when they were betrayed to the Germans. The team was ambushed, and Baalsrud narrowly escaped capture but became separated from the rest of the group.Baalsrud found himself alone in the harsh Arctic wilderness of northern Norway, pursued by German troops. He faced extreme challenges, including frostbite, snow blindness, and gangrene. Despite these hardships, he was determined to survive and complete his mission.

During his months-long ordeal, Baalsrud received crucial assistance from local Norwegian villagers who risked their lives to help him. They provided shelter, food, and medical care, often at great personal risk. Baalsrud's story became a symbol of Norwegian resistance and resilience during the occupation.One of the most famous episodes in Baalsrud's survival story involved amputating nine of his frostbitten toes with a pair of pliers to prevent the gangrene from spreading. He survived this ordeal and continued his journey.

Ultimately, after a treacherous escape, Jan Baalsrud was able to cross the border into neutral Sweden, completing his mission by delivering important intelligence to the Allies. His survival and determination in the face of extreme adversity became an inspirational tale of courage, resilience, and the power of human will.

Jan Baalsrud's story was later documented in the book "We Die Alone" by David Howarth and the movie adaptation "Nine Lives" (also known as "The 12th Man"). His incredible survival story continues to serve as a symbol of Norway's resistance and bravery during World War II.


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