Hitler's Arctic War

The German Campaigns in Norway, Finland and the USSR 1940-1945

Chris Mann, Christer Jörgensen

● Includes the 1939-1940 Winter War between Finland and the USSR.

● Illustrated by over 100 photographs, the majority sourced from Russian archives and previously unpublished.

● Features the German 1940 invasion of Norway and the Wehrmacht attempts to capture Murmansk.

● The German campaign against the Allied Arctic convoys covered in full, incl
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473884564
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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‘In the past the German General Staff had taken no interest in the military history of wars in the north and east of Europe. Nobody had ever taken into account the possibility that some day German divisions would have to fight and to winter in northern Karelia and on the Murmansk coast.’ (Lieutenant-General Waldemar Erfurth, German Army). Despite this statement, the German Army’s first campaign in the far north was a great success: between April and June 1940 German forces totaling less than 20,000 men seized Norway, a state of three million people, for minimal losses. Hitler’s Arctic War is a study of the campaign waged by the Germans on the northern periphery of Europe between 1940 and 1945.

As Hitler’s Arctic War makes clear, the emphasis was on small-unit actions, with soldiers carrying everything they needed – food, ammunition and medical supplies – on their backs. The terrain placed limitations on the use of tanks and heavy artillery, while lack of airfields restricted the employment of aircraft.

Hitler’s Arctic War also includes a chapter on the campaign fought by Luftwaffe aircraft and Kriegsmarine ships and submarines against the Allied convoys supplying the Soviet Union with aid. However, Wehrmacht resources committed to Norway and Finland were ultimately an unnecessary drain on the German war effort. Hitler’s Arctic War is a groundbreaking study of how war was waged in the far north and its effects on German strategy.

About The Author

Chris Mann is a lecturer at RMA Sandhurst, Surrey. He is the author of "Norwegian Forces in Exile: 1940-45". He lives in London.

Christer Jorgensen has a Ph.D from University College, London. An expert on military history, Jorgensen has published various books on the history of European warfare. Based in London, he has also contributed to Battles That Changed Warfare and Battles of the Crusades.


"The Scandinavian theatre of WW2 is often overlooked as a peripheral area of limited significance, yet this book demonstrates its strategic importance and the considerable resources which both sides were obliged to commit there, despite the extraordinary challenges of moving and supplying armies in horrendous weather across utterly remote, inaccessible terrain. Much of it concerns the remarkable efforts of the Finns, in resisting the Russian invasion of 1939, the later fighting alongside their German Allies to destabilise Stalin's northern flank, and their ultimately successful struggle to preserve their independence in the face of inevitable defeat. The book also describes the invasion o f Norway in 1940, and Hitler's obsession with this country which, despite desperate need elsewhere, remained garrisoned by an extremely large force until the end of the War. A large chapter is devoted to the British Arctic Convoys, which ran a perilous gauntlet of bombers, u-boats and battleships, to bring desperately needed supplies to Russia. Each of these are enormous subjects in their own right and so this book can only be seen as an overview, yet it is lavishly furnished with photographs, and the concise narrative provides a gripping introduction to this very different war."

- Pegasus Archive

“Well illustrated and organized… The authors effectively explain how soldiers dealt with the arctic conditions and the extensive hardships they endured while fighting at the top of the Continent. The book is a good general history of the various operations in Norway, Finland, and the Soviet Union during the war.”

- WWII History

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