Norway 1940

Chronicle of a Chaotic Campaign

Harry Plevy

Germany used co-ordinated land, sea and air power to invade Norway. Britain and France thought, wrongly that reactive use of sea power and unsupported ill-prepared infantry would suffice to eject the invader. The book comprehensively traces the progress of the Campaign with much use of participant accounts, many previously unpublished.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555811
Pages : 416
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Ostensibly fought for control of Swedish iron ore to Germany, the campaign made an important but largely overlooked contribution to the conduct of the Second World War. It convincingly proved the supremacy of air power in modern warfare and, particularly, the vulnerability of land and sea forces to sustained undefended air assault. It was the first conflict in which one side, the German, used all three arms of their forces in integrated combined assault—Blitzkreig—and in which parachute and glider-borne troops were used to secure airfields and strategic targets. The Allies (Britain, France, Norway and Poland) in contrast tried to conduct the Campaign on land with inadequate air support and virtually the sole use of infantrymen. The book deals, in an integrated and comprehensive manner with the strategic and political imperatives, as well as operations, in a complex and rapidly changing two month campaign. While other books on the Campaign have tended to focus on a limited perspective such as naval operations, or on the higher levels of political decision making, without combatant or personal perspective, this book makes much use of contemporary writings and eye witness accounts, many previously unpublished, of the people actually involved in the Campaign.

About The Author

Educated at Dudley Grammar School, the now University of Wolverhampton and Aston University, the author qualified as a metallurgist and spent his working career almost equally divided between manufacturing industry and academia. His period of National Service was spent as a specialist Ammunition Technician in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He is the author of over twenty research papers and technical and management articles, and has had two books published on naval topics.


Norway 1940 is exactly what its subtitle promises—a chronicle. But, unlike the British Norway campaign itself, it is well researched, planned, and executed.”

- Michigan War Studies Review

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