Code Name Habbakuk: A Secret Ship Made of Ice – L.D. Cross (2012, Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd., British Columbia)
Sometimes history reads a lot like fiction.
One of the strangest experiments the Allies attempted during World War II was the construction of a prototype of an aircraft carrier made from ice. From concept to build, the story of Habbakuk is riveting and slightly off-kilter – we have a (mad) scientist with a wild idea, a dashing and powerful military sponsor, and a desperate British Prime Minister determined to save the lives of his soldiers and their allies from the German U-boats. There is an important Alberta connection to this story as well, which is particularly fascinating to me. Even if you’re not a military history buff, you’ll enjoy this quick snapshot in time.