Arctic Front

The Advance of Mountain Corps Norway on Murmansk, 1941

Wilhelm Hess, Linden Lyons

The first English translation of a narrative of the German attack on Murmansk in 1941 by the German quartermaster of the Mountain Corps Norway, Wilhelm Hess.
Publication date:
March 2021
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
Illustration :
20 maps
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ISBN : 9781612009728

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• The first English translation of this detailed examination of Mountain Corps Norway's part in Operation Silver Fox
• Mountain Corps Norway was raised in 1940 specifically for operations in the north and commanded by Dietl, 'the Hero of Narvik'
• Examines the strategy of the operation and why it failed
• Contextual introduction by German Army expert and series editor Matthias Strohn

In 1941, military operations were conducted by large formations along the northern coast of Scandinavia - for the first time in history of warfare. A modern army suddenly swept into that isolated and inhospitable region that was yet to possess the level of importance it would later assume in Cold War polar strategy.

The Arctic Front was the northernmost theatre in the war waged by Germany against Russia. For a period of four years, German troops from all branches of the Wehrmacht fought side by side with Finnish border guard units. The high point of the war on the Arctic Front was the assembly and advance of Germany's Mountain Corps Norway in the summer and autumn of 1941. Commanded by general of the mountain troops, Eduard Dietl, and composed of the 2nd and 3rd Mountain Divisions, the Mountain Corps advanced out of occupied North Norway, assembled in the Petsamo Corridor in North Finland, and struck into Russian territory in an attempt to seize Murmansk. It did not reach its objective.

This account of the operation was written by Wilhelm Hess, quartermaster of the Mountain Corps Norway. He draws upon his personal experience of the conditions and actions on the Arctic Front in order to describe and analyse the environment, the sequence of events, and the reasons behind certain decisions. In addition to describing how operations conducted by the Mountain Corps unfolded, Hess provides insight as to how the terrain, the flow of supplies, and the war at sea impacted those operations.


...if you have any kind of interest in understanding what it entails to wage warfare in the Arctic Circle or an interest in military logistics - then this book is a must read.
Misc US Reviewer

This is a serious, thoughtful book about war "on the right wing of the Western Front and the left wing of the Eastern Front" in conditions hardly conducive to survival, let alone combat. Definitely recommended.
Stone & Stone Second World War Books