L.D. Cross – Code Name Habbakuk.


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.


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2 thoughts on “L.D. Cross – Code Name Habbakuk.

  1. opelika294 October 8, 2015 at 10:40 am Reply

    I have seen some people test this with a mixture of newspaper, saw-dust, and ice. It worked a lot better than I thought it would.

    • Sheryl @ Flowery Prose October 14, 2015 at 10:55 am Reply

      It is surprising how durable and strong that particular mix of ingredients is!

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