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The Battle for Norway, April-June 1940 [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Geirr H. Haarr

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15. Juni 2010
This is the second book in a series of two, covering the events at sea during the German invasion of Norway in 1940, the first modern campaign in which sea, air and ground forces interacted decisively. Part one covers the events at sea off southern and western Norway where Norwegian and British forces attempted to halt the German advance out of the invasion ports as well as the stream of supplies and reinforcements across the Skagerrak. The second part focuses on the British landings in Central Norway where the Royal Navy for the first time had its mastery challenged by air superiority from land-based aircraft. Part three covers the events in and around Narvik where Norwegian, British, French and Polish naval, air and land forces were engaged in the first combined amphibious landings of WW II. Part four sums up the events during the evacuation in June, in which the first carrier task force operations of the war, including the loss of the carrier Glorious, figure prominently. As in the first volume, the narration shifts continuously between the strategic and operational issues, and the experiences of the officers and ratings living through the events. Extensive research and use of primary sources reveals the many sides of this war, some of which remain controversial to this day.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb book on Norway air-naval campaign 7. Juni 2010
Von jack greene - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is the second volume in Geirr Haarr's excellent study of the fighting in Norway in 1940. It is first and foremost a study of the naval war in Norwegian waters. It concludes where "The German Invasion of Norway" started. This 458-page book is chockfull of excellent photographs, many of them taken by Haarr's native Norwegians. As a photographic study with solid captioning, this alone makes the work of great interest. Haarr's use of Norwegian, English and German source material, including much archival research, is well done and shows.

These two books taken together are a brilliant study of, as Haarr puts it, "for the first time ever, air force, army and navy operated intimately together with interlinked tasks and objectives." The first joint campaign of the modern era unfolded in Denmark and Norway in early April 1940.

It is primarily a naval-air history of the campaign. In that, it will never be surpassed, unless Haarr gets an opportunity to produce an expanded (mammoth?!) study of the campaign at some future date. Many of the small boat and littoral actions are discussed in detail, as well as major Allied naval-air operations. The discussion of German air and naval operations is very informative. So while it disposes of much of the immediate land fighting and occupation of the vital Oslo region immediately after the events of April 8-9 (covered in volume one), in a few quick paragraphs, he does discuss the overall moves, delays and decision making processes of all the parties involved. Thus the reader understands what Quisling, the King, the Norwegian government, the Norwegian armed forces and the foreign governments and their forces were doing and why. Many of the myths carried in English language studies of this campaign are disposed of in Haarr's work.

Weaknesses in the book are few. This volume, unlike the first volume, has adequate maps, though some are ambitious - the desire to stuff a quart into a pint bottle springs to mind. Haarr is weakest when he journeys ashore. Haarr argues that the German divisions were stripped of some heavy equipment when ordered to Norway when the reality was that the ideal German infantry division of the period was just that - an ideal. The majority of the units were short of equipment because of availability. For example, the reconnaissance battalions in the newer German infantry division of the period almost always lacked armored cars, and when available were older models. If you want to get into some of the controversy of actions (or lack!) taken by particular Norwegian officers you need to go to David G. Thompson's "The Norwegian Armed Forces and Defense Policy, 1905-1955". For example, the failures of the commanding Norwegian General, Kristian Laake, are quickly dismissed and not fully examined by Haarr.

For anyone who finds this campaign as fascinating as I do, these two volumes must be on your shelf and you will find yourself often referring to them. Well done!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating history that is rarely ever discussed. 25. Juni 2010
Von Rich Marsh - Veröffentlicht auf
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Most English books that cover the Norwegian Campaign of 1940 tend to end their interest around April 15th, 1940 - or within a week of the campaign's actual start. Geirr Haarr put that first week into its own book The German Invasion of Norway, April 1940and reserved the rest of the campaign for this second book. As a result, they miss the chance to learn many valuable lessons that the Norwegian campaign taught.

Some of these lessons include:
The importance of coordinated leadership and agreed upon goals.
The importance of daytime control of the air, and control of enemy air reconnaissance.
The first opposed amphibious operations of the war - including first use of dedicated landing craft.
The effect of distant efforts to control local events.
The fact that, in wartime, attack can come at any time from any source. (HMS Glorious learned that one the hard way.)

This is an excellent, well-written book that brings out the many lessons of the Norwegian Campaign - and by implication asks us to find out why they had to be relearned again and again later in the war.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A rare treasure of careful research and artful storytelling 20. Juni 2010
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No English-language title previously written on the 1940 Norway campaign has approached this one's scope, depth, and accuracy. It emphasizes the naval and air war, yet author Geirr Haarr provides anecdotes and insights on the ground war I have not encountered elsewhere.

One of the author's many revelations concerns the heartrending failures of trust, particularly between the British and Norwegians, which played directly into German hands. Just after the Germans occupied Oslo, the western press played up the role of Quisling's treasonous pro-Nazi government, stirring British fears of fifth column Norwegian Nazis. In reality, the Norwegians were devotedly pro-Allied, and determined to drive the Germans out. Once in Norway, most Allied officers quickly discerned local loyalties, and coordinated with hard-fighting Norwegian forces. But a few, most crucially Mackesy and Carton de Wiart, clung to biases that betrayed trust and fatally undermined Allied efforts.

Harr shows how the Norwegian army, though ill-equipped, fought with tenacity, aptitude, and understanding of its unique home terrain. Well into the campaign Norway's navy retained partial control of key fiords in southern Norway. Had the western Allies made better use of Norway's own forces, history might have turned out very differently.

Mr. Harr gives photos and descriptions of the little Norwegian "puffers," small ferryboats that shuttled troops and supplies, and were less vulnerable to air attack and grounding in difficult waters than larger, more cumbersome Allied vessels. He gives accounts from AA gunners who found themselves "on alert" twenty-two hours a day in Norway's high latitudes, firing away until ships' decks were crowded with cartridges, ammunition was low, and nerves were shot. He shows how the highly-regarded French Chasseurs Alpins, though first-rate soldiers, had trouble adapting to snow and terrain conditions that differed greatly from the French Alps.

The author must have spent many years of thoughtful work crafting this title. There are enough maps to help you follow the action despite Norway's vast, complex geography. The photographs are ample - about one every other page - enhanced by captions that bring out details you could never get from text alone. I have never before encountered images of German mountain troops advancing in the obscure but important Helgeland campaign, or bemused Narvik civilians watching French troops marching for home, back to their transports after winning the town at great cost. Many photos come from Norwegian sources; this is probably their first appearance in English-language literature.

The text is highly readable, with a nice blend of objectiveness and sensitivity to human situations. This title is the newly-established classic, a "must-read" for those with an interest in the tragedy and drama of Norway 1940.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Echoes of a Norwegian Spring... 17. April 2011
Von D. S. Thurlow - Veröffentlicht auf
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The 1940 German invasion of Norway continues to fascinate historians and students of the military art. The German invasion, the opening salvo of a largely successful campaign in the West, was an exemplar of expeditionary warfare and a lethal demonstration that modern land and sea operations were almost impossible without air support.

Geirr Haarr's "The Battle for Norway, April-June 1940" is the second volume of a superb study of the campaign, weaving together extensive research with an adept recognition of the multi-national nature of the conflict. Haarr briefly recaps the invasion in his opening chapters before describing the German build-up and advance north from Oslo and the stubborn resistance of the underequipped Norwegian army. Next in the narrative is the clumsy and improvised British intervention in central Norway, which rapidly becomes untenable due to strikes by the Luftwaffe. Finally, Haarr describes the Anglo-French-Norwegian attack in northern Norway to recapture Narvik. The Allies achieve a costly success, only to be withdrawn to cope with the results of the German invasion of France.

"The Battle for Norway" devotes particular attention to the war at sea off the Norwegian Coast, as the British Royal Navy improvises, at great cost, a series of amphibious operations under the bombs of a shockingly capable German Air Force. The book contains an excellent selection of maps and photographs. Haarr is not a military professional; his summation is accurate but brief. However, the narrative is rich with material for further pondering by students of the military art. "The Battle for Norway, April-June 1940" is very highly recommended to that audience.
5.0 von 5 Sternen the battle for norway 11. März 2013
Von mj swarts - Veröffentlicht auf
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forget everything you read about the (sea) battles for norway in 1940. This is the best I ever read. Must be years and years of research to finish this (actually 2 books ) book.
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