Monday, November 15, 2010


This chap went to some extremes to save himself - he hacked off his own arm.

It has happened before. In WWII, a commando trapped in an ice cave used a pen-knife to carve off his own toes when they became gangrenous. He survived the experience, returned to England, and once more dear friends unto the fray. We Die Alone by David Howarth. The amputation is a small episode in a great adventure of which he was the sole survivor.

Two more such self-amputations are described here:

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