Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. Volume 1

The Road To Invasion and Early Moves

Niall Cherry

Date Published :
February 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
75 b/w photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781909982185
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available
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Books on the events of the early months of 1940 are dominated by the desperate fighting undertaken the British Expeditionary Force in Northern France and Belgium following the German invasion of May 10th and it is often overlooked that prior to this another British expeditionary force was involved in fierce fighting in Norway. Indeed, the invasion on April 9th saw the first use of airborne troops in the war and was also one of the very few amphibious operations undertaken by the Germans during the Second World War. It is hoped that Niall Cherry's new two-volume work covering the Allied intervention in Norway 1940 will fill this significant gap.

The author provides a detailed account of the German invasion and the Allied reaction, including the land, sea and air battles. This includes such actions as the sinking of HMS Glowworm and HMS Glorious, the Gladiators on the frozen lakes and Maurice Force, the sacrifice of the Territorial Battalions at Tretten and the Independent Companies, to name but a few. Volume 1 focuses on the prelude to and early phases of the German invasion and Allied response.

As in Niall's previous books, detailed research has been carried out using official reports, war diaries and veterans' accounts, supported by photographs and color maps.

About The Author

Niall Cherry was born in London in 1959 and recalls becoming interested in military history as a schoolboy from watching such classic war films as 'The Battle of Britain' and 'A Bridge Too Far'. He later found out that one of his grandfathers fought in the Great War, serving as a chemical corporal at Loos in 1915 and ended up as a Captain. His father served in the REME in the 1950's and Niall continued in the family tradition by serving in the RAMC. During his time he qualified as a Combat Medical Technician Class 1 and an instructor in First Aid and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare and ended as a Senior NCO. Deeply interested in the major conflicts of the 20th Century he has visited numerous battlefields including the Western Front, Arnhem, Gallipoli, Normandy and North Africa. He is a longstanding member of the Western Front Association, the Military Heraldry Society and 23 Parachute Field Ambulance Old Comrades Association. He also has the honour to be the UK representative for the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek and membership secretary and a trustee of the Arnhem 1944 Fellowship. He has now written five books - 'Red Berets and Red Crosses', 'I Shall Not Find His Equal', 'Most Unfavourable Ground: The Battle of Loos 1915', 'With Nothing Bigger than a Bren Gun' and 'Striking Back: Britain's Airborne & Commando Raids 1940-42'. He has led various groups around battlefields, contributed articles to 'After the Battle' and 'Battlefields Review' and has helped with around 30 books on the airborne forces and the Great War. Niall currently lives in Lancashire and works for BAE Systems in the aerospace industry.


“As ever, Helion excel in this type of book and are to be commended for publishing such a range of truly superb books.”

- Britain at War

“This excellent book will appeal mainly to military historians and students, but its appeal should be widened to include laymen (like me) who were previously unaware of these facts.”

- Books Monthly

“The author writes in a very compelling way, with a real sense of tension…Looking forward to volume two.”

- Miniature Wargames

"Cherry adds to the shelf another highly commendable volume from the British perspective, presenting a great deal of fresh information about Narvik in particular, especially with the inclusion of so many pages coming directly from primary sources such as Mackesy. Make room for this one, and save shelf space—at least a small gap—for the second volume, due later this year."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

“ … There's a lot to like here. Cherry has mined some rich veins of primary source material, and utilizes the documents to very good effect … a highly commendable volume from the British perspective, presenting a great deal of fresh information about Narvik in particular, especially with the inclusion of so many pages coming directly from primary sources.”

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books, May 2017

“Gripping detail and numerous photographs wets one's appetite for the second of the two volumes scheduled.”

- The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

“ … Gripping detail and numerous photographs whet one’s appetite for the second of the two volumes scheduled.”

- Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

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