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Hitler Strikes North (ePub)

The Nazi Invasion of Norway & Denmark, April 9, 1940

WWII Frontline eBooks Frontline: WWII Norway in WWII

By Jack Greene, Alessandro Massignani
Frontline Books
File Size: 12.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 334
Illustrations: 32 black and white photographs & 18 black and white maps
ISBN: 9781783469772
eBook Released: 20th February 2013

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In the early hours of 9 April 1940, Adolf Hitler’s forces made their next move of the Second World War, and, striking north, launched their invasion of Denmark and Norway. Ostensibly undertaken as a preventive manoeuvre against a planned, and openly discussed Franco-British plan to occupy Norway, Operation Weserübung has, more than any other campaign of the Second World War, been shrouded in mystery. Strategic political and legal issues were unclear and military issues were dominated by risk.

The German success was the result of improvisation and the application of available forces far beyond the comprehension of their British and Norwegian counterparts. The operation necessitated combining the resources of air force, army and navy. Troops were transported into battle by warship and aircraft, and paratroopers were used for the first time.

This combined arms assault was the first three dimensional strategic invasion in history. In Hitler Strikes North, Jack Greene and Alessandro Massignani detail the course of this ground-breaking invasion, at the same time providing valuable historical and modern lessons about the role of combined arms planning, the strategic demand for resources, and the use of military force.

The book is so extensively referenced via various histories, and primary sources. At the back is an excellent glossary of terms, useful for both the novice and someone more adept with military terms. Alongside this is a timeline which brings out the whole story of via a chronology leading up to war. Overall this is a must have, fantastic account of the invasion of Norway, taking in comprehensive relevant angles.

Jon Sandison

Is a detailed and well written combat history’
‘Well researched and gives a good analysis’
‘The various naval actions... are particularly well covered.’
‘Although there are many books on this campaign this one is certainly well worth reading.’

Jack Greene and Alessandro Massignani

Is a detailed and well written combat history.
Well researched and gives a good analysis.
The various naval actions... are particularly well covered.
Although there are many books on this campaign this one is certainly well worth reading.

Unknown

A full and fascinating account.

Warship International

The best book on the topic. I cannot imagine a more comprehensive, better researched book than this -- the definitive book on the topic. Must for anyone who wants a complete collection of WW2 history.

Amazon Reviewer

Drawing on Norwegian, Danish and German sources, Hitler Strikes North is a full and fascinating account of this highly significant campaign and its aftermath both for the course of World War II and the post-war history of the two countries conquered with such unprecedented speed

History Book Club

A fascinating account of this key campaign and its aftermath, highly significant both for the course of WWII and the post-war history of these two countries.

Military History Monthly

Hitler Strikes North details the course of this ground-breaking invasion and provides historical and modern lessons about the role of combined arms planning.

Britain at War Magazine

Hitler Strikes North details the course of this groundbreaking invasion and provides valuable historical and modern lessons about the role of combined arms planning, the strategic demand for resources, and the use of military force.

C3i e-magazine
 Jack Greene

About Jack Greene

JACK GREENE has written on a wide range of naval, military and wargaming subjects for magazines including The Mariners’ Mirror. He and ALESSANDRO MASSIGNANI co-authored Rommel’s North Africa CampaignIronclads at War 1855-1891 and The Black Prince and the Sea Devils.


About Alessandro Massignani

ALESSANDRO MASSIGNANI is the author of several books and papers on naval and military topics.

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