David Armine Howarth
David Armine Howarth
|Born||July 28, 1912|
|Died||July 2, 1991(aged 78)|
|Unit||Special Operations Executive|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Other work||Boatbuilder, historian and author|
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David Howarth (28 July 1912 – 2 July 1991) was a British naval officer, boatbuilder, historian and author. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he became a war correspondent for BBC radio at the start of World War II. Howarth joined the Navy after the fall of France. He served in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and helped set up the Shetland Bus, an SOE operation manned by Norwegians running a clandestine route between Shetland and Norway. He was second in command at the Naval base in Shetland. For his contributions to espionage operations against the German occupation of Norway, he received King Haakon VII's Cross of Liberty. The King also made Howarth a Chevalier First Class of the Order of St Olav.
After the war, he wrote several books on naval and military history, including a memoir of the Shetland Bus. He also edited My Land and My People, the first autobiography by the 14th Dalai Lama, which was published in 1962.
Howarth died on 2 July 1991 at the age of 78. At his request, his ashes were scattered over the waters of Lunna Voe, Shetland, near Lunna House, the first base of the Shetland Bus operation.
- The Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Adventure (1951) – together with None but the Brave by Frithjof Sælen, later made into a movie called Shetlandsgjengen (aka. "Suicide Mission" in the USA). (Also published as Across to Norway)
- Across to Norway (1952). (Also published as The Shetland Bus).
- Thieves' Hole (1954).
- We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance (1955), later made into a movie called Nine Lives (Norwegian: Ni Liv, 1957)
- The Sledge Patrol: The True Story of the Strangest Battle Front of All (1957)
- Dawn of D Day (1959) An account of the landing in Normandy, with many observations from participants.
- The Shadow of the Dam (1961).
- The Desert King: A Life Of Ibn Saud (1964).
- Panama (1966).
- Waterloo: A Near Run Thing (1968), analysis of the Battle of Waterloo, from the reports of those who fought it. (Published as "Waterloo: Day of Battle" in the USA (1968)).
- Trafalgar: The Nelson Touch (1969), account of the Battle of Trafalgar, between the navies of France and Great Britain in 1805.
- Sovereign of the Seas (1974), the story of British sea power.(pub. William Collins)
- The Greek Adventure (1976), narrative describing the Greek War of Independence in the 1820s.
- 1066: The Year of the Conquest (1977), a historical narrative of the personalities and events of 1066 AD and how they changed Britain.
- The Dreadnoughts (1979), A look at the development and use of battleship technology in World War 1.
- The Men-of-War (1978), sailing war-ships from the 16th to 18th c. In association with Time-Life editors, published by Time-Life Books.
- The Voyage of the Armada (1981), an account of the Spanish Armada of 1588, seen mostly from the Spanish perspective. Much of the account references newly-available Spanish material.
- Tahiti: A Paradise Lost (1983), the decline of Tahiti, from its discovery by H.M.S. Dolphin in June 1767 (pub. Harvill Press)
- Nelson: The Immortal Memory (1988), written with his son Stephen Howarth. It is a comprehensive biography of Britain's most famous Admiral.
- Simenstad, Arne: Norwegian War Decorations Awarded to Members of the British Armed Forces 1940–1945, London: The London Stamp Exchange, 1990, p. 41.
- Dalai Lama, My Land and My People: The Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Ed. David Howarth. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1962.
- London: Collins. Reissued in 2004 as The Sledge Patrol: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Victory, ISBN 9781843410096.