Frank Few, the lone survivor of the Goettge Patrol at Guadalcanal

In 1942 the Second World War was in full swing and Japanese forces had control over a vast area in the Pacific. Guadalcanal would become the scene of one of the most important battles of the entire war. On August 7, American Marines landed on the island in the South-Eastern pacific and at first had it very easy, because the only …

The guy who shot down a plane while parachuting

  Caption: Owen J. Baggett (1920-2006) was a soldier of the United States Air Force. In 1943, in the middle of World War 2, his plane was severely damaged by Japanese fighter planes over Burma. The crew bailed out with parachutes. While Baggett was in mid-air, a Japanese fighter plane approached him. Baggett drew his M1911 pistol and fired straight …

Pete Schoening: A man, an ice pick and the will to survive

Pete Schoening (1927-2004) was an American mountaineer. In 1953, he wanted to accomplish the seemingly impossible with a team 6 others: They wanted to climb the K2, the second highest mountain on Earth with a height of 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) it. At that time, several unsuccessful tries had been made to conquer the K2. The team climbed for seven days without …

The woman with the lowest known body temperature and how she survived

Sweden, 1999: the 29-year old doctor Anna Bågenholm just wanted to go skiing with friends. In the late afternoon, she fell into a small river and was trapped below a thick layer of ice. She was  able to breathe due to a small air hole, but when the rescue came she had been in freezing water for 80 minutes. Once she arrived …