The Battle for Norway 1940 - 1942 (Paperback)
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Despatches in this volume include that on the first and second battles of Narvik in 1940; the despatch on operations in central Norway 1940, by Lieutenant General H.R.S. Massy, Commander-in-Chief, North West Expeditionary Force; Despatch on operations in Northern Norway between April and June 1940; the despatch on carrier-borne aircraft attacks on Kirkenes (Norway) and Petsamo (Finland) in 1941, by Admiral Sir John C. Tovey; the despatch on the raid on military and economic objectives in the Lofoten Islands (Norway) in March 1941, by Admiral Sir John C. Tovey, Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet; and the despatch on the raid on military and economic objectives in the vicinity of Vaagso Island (Norway) in December 1941, by Admiral Sir John C. Tovey.
This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.
If you are researching or wargaming Norway 1940 and/or Operation Claymore 1941, this book will be of great interest to you. Because in The Battle for Norway 1940-1942 you will find the original words of the commanding British officers. Written not with hindsight, but as they saw things at the time.Lars Gyllenhaal
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A very informative book, one that I will continue to refer to in the years ahead.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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This to me is a fascinating book because I am an avid fan of documents and official reading, whilst some might find this boring and hard to read, I find it a joy because you getting the actual thoughts and reports of what actually goes on. It’s very much like being a fly on the wall. The majority of the communications are between Admiral William Boyle and John Tovey and other top officers and commanders, and very much details and information about various operations, planning, terrain, conditions, landings, attacks and conclusions. I found this an excellent book and it would be good to see more books like this that rely heavily on official documentation. A definite 4.5 stars from me.UK Historian
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The book provides a consolidated resource for any student of the war in Norway from April 1940 until December 1941, therefore, I recommend it to anyone interested in the Second World War in this area.Robert Bartlett, September 2020
This book compiles military and naval despatches from the entire Norwegian campaign, making it an invaluable document for historians and researchers. This is the first time this has been done, and hopefully it will stimulate interest into one the lesser known but significant aspects of the Second World War.Destructive Music
This book is one of a series published recently by the same compilers, to which I have become a convert. I have found them increasingly useful for my research, and as a quick point of reference in respect of the campaigns they cover.British Military History
The book comprises six despatches, one by Lieutenant General MASSY that covers the two operations codenamed Maurice Force and Sickle Force in central Norway; the second covers the first and second naval battles of Narvik, in early April 1940. The third despatch was written by Admiral of the Fleet, the Earl of Cork and Orrery, and has as two appendices, the dispatches those from Major General MACKESY and Lieutenant General AUCHINLECK, which cover the operations in Northern Norway around Narvik. The last three were written by Admiral TOVEY, to detail the operations on Kirkenes, and the raids on the Lofoten Islands and Vaagso Island in 1941. Each despatch is reprinted in its original format, and as such, they contain a wealth of information, including some orders of battle and casualty figures.
The book provides a consolidated resource for any student of the war in Norway from April 1940 until December 1941, therefore, I recommend it to anyone interested in the Second World War in this area.
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…By Jack Greene, Alessandro Massignani
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