Hitler's Pre-Emptive War

The Battle for Norway, 1940

Henrik O. Lunde

"This book is essential reading; a must-have in your military library” - Military Modelcraft After Hitler conquered Poland, the British began to exert control of the neutral Norwegian coast, an action that threatened to cut off Germany's iron-ore conduit to Sweden and outflank from the start its hegemony on the Continent.
Publication date:
December 2010
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages illustrations
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Overview
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• Thorough examination of one of history's greatest revolutionary campaigns

"This book is essential reading; a must-have in your military library” - Military Modelcraft

After Hitler conquered Poland, the British began to exert control of the neutral Norwegian coast, an action that threatened to cut off Germany's iron-ore conduit to Sweden and outflank from the start its hegemony on the Continent. Germany quickly responded with a dizzying series of assaults, using every tool of modern warfare developed. Airlifted infantry, mountain troops and paratroopers were dispatched to the Scandinavian nation, seizing Norwegian strong points while forestalling larger but more cumbersome Allied units.

The German Navy also set sail, taking a brutal beating at the hands of Britannia, while ensuring with its sacrifice that key harbours could be held open for resupply. As dive bombers soared overhead, small but elite German units traversed forbidding terrain to ambush Allies trying to forge inland. At Narvik, 6,000 German troops battled 20,000 French and British, until the Allies were finally forced to withdraw by the great disaster in France, leaving Norway to the wolves.

As a veritable coda to the campaign, the aircraft carrier Glorious, while trying to sail back to Britain, was hammered under the waves by the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst. The air, airborne, sea, amphibious, infantry, armour and commando aspects of this brief but violent campaign are here covered in meticulous detail.

REVIEWS

"Lunde cuts a path to clarity... he masterfully illumines the significance of smaller, tactical events against larger, strategic outcomes... Unlike some studies of this contentious campaign, Lunde's absorbing, annotated account relentlessly mines and matches multiple international sources... Read this able account - and luxuriate in lessons learned. Robustly recommended.”
Cybermodeler.com

... an objective account of the campaign that followed in Norway...
Britain at War Magazine

…a solid account of the campaign that is both informative and readable, with a focus on military operations that include German, British, French and Norwegian.
War Books Review

...a detailed, well-laid out history of the German operation which led to the invasion of neutral Norway in 1940... The author provides meticulous information from German, Norwegian and British sources which provide us with an incredible insight into the two major powers and neutral Norway ... The author masterfully draws a clear image of the belligerents, their units, troops, moral, ammunition and fighting prowess ... This book is essential reading; a must-have in your military library and a job very well done by the author. I urge the reader to secure his copy especially if the early days of Blitzkrieg interest you.
Military Modelcraft