Doomed Before the Start Volume 2

The Allied Intervention In Norway 1940 - Evacuation And Further Naval Operations

Niall Cherry

Publication date:
November 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
112 ills
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ISBN : 9781911512134

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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• The second volume of the definitive history of the Norway Campaign

• Lavishly illustrated and with extenstive use of eyewitness accounts

Books on the events of the early months of 1940 are dominated by the desperate fighting undertaken by the British Expeditionary Force in Northern France and Belgium following the German invasion of May 10th and it is often overlooked that prior to this another British expeditionary force was involved in fierce fighting in Norway. Indeed, the invasion on April 9th saw the first use of airborne troops in the war and was also one of the very few amphibious operations undertaken by the Germans during the Second World War. It is hoped that Niall Cherry's new two-volume work covering the Allied intervention in Norway 1940 will fill this significant gap. The author provides a detailed account of the German invasion and the Allied reaction, including the land, sea and air battles. This includes such actions as the sinking of HMS Glowworm and HMS Glorious, the Gladiators on the frozen lakes and Maurice Force, the sacrifice of the Territorial Battalions at Tretten and the Independent Companies, to name but a few. Volume 2 focuses on the evacuation and further Naval operations including the sinking of HMS Glorious. response. As in Niall's previous books, detailed research has been carried out using official reports, war diaries and veterans' accounts, supported by photographs and maps.


This thoroughly researched, detailed, yet highly readable, two volume work sheds light on this frequently overlooked and misunderstood campaign and is highly recommended.
Military Historical Society Bulletin

The detail on the British side is extraordinary, including many full personal accounts of the fighting and the varied escapades by individuals and groups caught behind German lines.
Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis

This is an incredibly detailed book about an otherwise significantly neglected area of the military history of the Second World War...As ever, this genre of book from Helion is of high quality and comes highly recommended.
Britain at War Magazine

The amazing detail in volume 2 provides a unique opportunity to read about the BEF in Norway in April 1940, and the first use of airborne troops in the conflict. A stirring read.
Books Monthly

Cherry does a good job of bringing the fighting to life and this book is definitely better for those wanting a deeper dive into the campaign and adding detail to existing knowledge. For that alone, I can recommend it to readers.
Army Rumour Service