Norway 1940 (2020)

Norway 1940 François Kersaudy Norway In the late s as Europe moved toward war the peaceful kingdom of Norway found itself strategically vital to the interests of Germany France and Great Britain Though Norway was strictly neutral
  • Title: Norway 1940
  • Author: François Kersaudy
  • ISBN: 9780803277878
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
Norway 1940 François Kersaudy In the late 1930s, as Europe moved toward war, the peaceful kingdom of Norway found itself strategically vital to the interests of Germany, France, and Great Britain Though Norway was strictly neutral, in April 1940 Britain and France mined Norwegian territorial waters to prevent supplies from reaching Germany Immediately, the German Reich invaded the militarily weak NorIn the late 1930s, as Europe moved toward war, the peaceful kingdom of Norway found itself strategically vital to the interests of Germany, France, and Great Britain Though Norway was strictly neutral, in April 1940 Britain and France mined Norwegian territorial waters to prevent supplies from reaching Germany Immediately, the German Reich invaded the militarily weak Norway Norway 1940 shows the country fighting valiantly, assisted by the Allies in a two month campaign that has become a textbook example of confused aims and faulty coordination Fran ois Kersaudy delved deeply into the archives of the nations involved to offer the most balanced account to date He depicts the glaring political and military errors of the campaign and goes on to consider large questions about its conduct and consequences.
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  1. Jonathan

    This concise history of one of the Second World War s most disagreeable fiascoes if you re British, French or Norwegian is, perhaps because of space limitations, unsatisfying While the author does take the time to narrate the strategic and political decisions that went into carrying out the simultaneous invasions of Norway by both the Germans and the Allies, there is very little attention paid to the actual fighting, especially at sea and in the air And while the British and French showed almost [...]

  2. Erik Graff

    This is the most detailed account I ve read of the British and German invasions of Norway in 1940 and of the decision of the Norwegian government and King Haakon to flee the country and ally with the British.My mother, an early teenager in Oslo at the time of the German invasion, told of how her classmates participated in the transportation of the nation s gold reserves, driving their parents automobiles across the country to waiting allied ships on the western coast.

  3. Monty Milne

    A gripping narrative which incorporates a devastating critique of British military and political incompetence Heroic leadership was provided by the Norwegian King and General Ruge, their commander Churchill and the Admiralty were unlucky, but the windbaggery of the French and the dithering of the rest of the British were verging on the criminally incompetent I ve read numerous accounts of this campaign which tend to focus on the naval side of operations so it s good to read something that is foc [...]

  4. Brian

    Norway 1940 succinctly and expertly explores the strategic importance of Norway and the Nazi invasion and British response that helped shape the early days of World War II Kersaudy focuses on a diverse array of topics including the Norwegian response, Nazi thinking and British indecision confusion over Norway What was agreed by all was that Norway was a key site for the waterway control to Russia and Scandinavia that had to be held by one side or the other The British were unable to commit signi [...]

  5. Greg

    Slim but solid history of the 1940 conquest of Norway by Nazi Germany Portrays the confusion in Allied ranks really well, and makes plain the terrible gulf in decisionmaking efficiency between them and the Germans at this time of the war Could have used a bit background on the Norwegian side though the emphasis is, as the title says, on 1940, but a couple of chapters on Norwegian military preparedness and foreign policy would have added much needed context Also, there s a few questionable editi [...]

  6. Mike

    Written in stuffy British, you really have to work to get through this puppy The author really takes the British to task here for fouling up their half hearted attempts to aid the Norwegians during and after the German invasion of April 9, 1940 Sure the Norwegians underestimated the German threat, but the Brits and their paralysis in decision making just about left Norway swinging in the breeze Interesting insights but a tough read.

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