Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. Volume 2

Evacuation and Further Naval Operations

Niall Cherry

Books on the events of the early months of 1940 are dominated by the desperate fighting undertaken by the British Expeditionary Force in Northern France and Belgium following the German invasion of 10 May - and it is often overlooked that prior to this, another British Expeditionary Force was involved in fierce fighting in Norway. Indeed, the invas
Date Published :
February 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
112 ills
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781911512134
Pages : 328
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$69.95

Overview
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Books on the events of the early months of 1940 are dominated by the desperate fighting undertaken by 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 2 focuses on the evacuation and further Naval operations including the sinking of HMS Glorious. 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 maps.

About The Author
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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.

REVIEWS
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– “The amazing detail in volume 2 provides a unique opportunity to read about the BEF in Norway in April 1940, and the first use of airborne troops in the conflict. A stirring read.”

- Books Monthly

“Cherry does a good job of bringing the fighting to life and this book is definitely better for those wanting a deeper dive into the campaign and adding detail to existing knowledge. For that alone, I can recommend it to readers.”

- Army Rumour Service

“This is an incredibly detailed book about an otherwise significantly neglected area of the military history of the Second World War...As ever, this genre of book from Helion is of high quality and comes highly recommended.”

- Britain at War

“The detail on the British side is extraordinary, including many full personal accounts of the fighting and the varied escapades by individuals and groups caught behind German lines.”

- Miniature Wargames

“Many readers will find plenty of interest here.”

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

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