One of the most fascinating subjects about WW2 for me has always been the stories of the resistance fighters that the OSS and SOE supported throughout the war.
The 12th Man: A WW2 Epic of Escape and Endurance is the true story of Jan Baalsrud, whose struggle to escape the Gestapo and survive in Nazi-occupied Norway has inspired the international film of the same name. In late March 1943, in the midst of WWII, four Norwegian saboteurs arrived in northern Norway on a fishing cutter and set anchor in Toftefjord to establish a base for their operations. However, they were betrayed, and a German boat attacked the cutter, creating a battlefield and spiraling Jan Baalsrud into the adventure of his life. The only survivor and wounded, Baalsrud begins a perilous journey to freedom, swimming icy fjords, climbing snow-covered peaks, enduring snowstorms, and getting caught in a monstrous avalanche. Suffering from snowblindness and frostbite, more than sixty people of the Troms District risk their lives to help Baalsrud to freedom. Meticulously researched for more than five years, Karlsen Scott and Haug bring forth the truth behind this captivating, edge-of-your-seat, real-life survival story.
As a general rule, Foreign WW2 movies are always of higher quality than anything that comes out of Hollyweird. Yes, they have subtitles, but take my word on this, always choose reading subtitles than having the voices dubbed with out of sync ridiculous sounding voices!
12th Man (Den 12. mann) resembles other Nordic WW2 offerings like Max Manus: Man of War and Flame and Citron but differs in that the theme of the film revolves around SURVIVAL. In that regard it resembles movies like As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me and The Way Back.
The study of WW2 partisans is not just important from a historical perspective, but also from a Preparation standpoint as well.
History makes it plain that the ARMED citizens will always be the last bastion against Tyranny. And while an individual alone may be easy pickings, 5 individuals with a common goal joined together become a fist.
Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!
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