Just wondering if there are any Danes here who have served with the Sirius patrol, or worked with others who have or just know more about it? Or anyone here who has served in Greenland?
There is some information on Wiki about them, it sounds like a very unusual unit and a very remote and alone existence whilst on patrol... Does anyone also know if the Danish armed forces have local-employed Greenlanders to patrol (as the Canadian Rangers and Australian Regional Force Surveillance Units do) or if it's done only by members of the regular Danish military?
I saw a documentary (PBS?) not too long ago about Canada wanting to reassert it's sovereignty over areas in the far North and also read news reports of a possible scramble for Arctic sovereignty between Danmark, Norway, Canada and Russia due to fossil fuels and the northwest passage becoming more and more navigable (Russian mini submarine planting flag on seabed caused a stir). Presumably as fossil fuels threaten to dwindle and energy security remains a hot potato, this sort of operation, enforcing territorial integrity, is going to become of more importance with states scrambling for those remaining natural resources not already definitively claimed.
I dont know anyone who served in sirius but i have alot of respect for these guys. There is a book in english about the Sirius patrol written by a man from the Patrol
It is called : One thounsand days with Sirius (the greenland sledge patrol) by Peter Schimdt Mikkelsen
I have read it in Danish and it is very good. You also get a lot of info about what the Patrol is doing and enduring. Very exciting... http://www.tswpublishing.co.uk/