Gold Run

The Rescue of Norway’s Gold Bullion from the Nazis, 1940

Robert Pearson

Gold Run is the true story of arguably one of the greatest gold snatches in history. It is a tale of immense bravery, endurance and great leadership of loyal Norwegians, plus a little good fortune and help from the British against intrigue and overwhelming odds.
Date Published :
May 2015
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781612002866
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.3 X 6.1 inches
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781612004624
Pages : 266
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Gold Run is the true story of arguably one of the greatest gold snatches in history. It is a tale of immense bravery, endurance and great leadership of loyal Norwegians, plus a little good fortune and help from the British against intrigue and overwhelming odds.

The German invasion of Norway on the night of April 8th/9th 1940 almost took Norway completely unawares; had it not been for the defiance of one small coastal battery, the Norwegian Royal Family, Government, and nearly 50 tons of gold bullion would have had no chance to escape. In desperate haste the Royal Family fled Oslo by rail, dodging bombs and strafing, eventually reaching the port of Molde which was subsequently devastated by fire bombing. The gold with extraordinary ingenuity was moved by road, rail and fishing boat, hotly pursued by the Germans. Its weight and the need for total secrecy created unique transportation problems. After several instances of near disaster, the Norwegians managed to get the gold to the coast where the Royal Navy came to the rescue. Such was the difficulty of extricating the bullion, it was not possible to load it in one cargo, and it was taken off in three Royal Navy Cruisers, HMS Enterprise, Galatea and Glasgow, from different locations. The ships were attacked in port, then constantly harassed and bombed by the Luftwaffe as they made their way back to the UK.

The loss of the bullion was a blow to the Germans. They had gained a country, but lost a King, a government and huge amount of bullion that would have financed their war machine. That loss is directly attributed to a visionary bank chief, a Colonel, a hastily assembled body of Norwegians and the ships and men of the Royal Navy, ever resourceful, brave and loyal to their respective countries. This is their story.

About The Author
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Robert Pearson is a high school teacher and writer, who researches Norway in the Second World War. He is particularly passionate about the roles that the Norwegians and British played during the War, Naval Intelligence and the Special Operations Executive – better known as SOE.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1 The Sinking of the Blücher April 8–9th
2 The Flight & Fight Begins April 9th
3 The Bank and the Bullion
4 Flight to Lillehammer April 9–10th
5 Allied Help Arrives
6 Move the Bullion
7 Åndalsnes
8 HMS Galatea
9 The Road to Molde April 24th–29th
10 Molde – Capital of Norway
11 A Daring Rescue April 29th
12 D/S Driva April 30th
13 The Road From Molde
14 Welcome Arrivals
15 HMS Enterprise
16 The ‘Sealed Cargo’ Arrives in the UK
17 Pimpernel Gold
18 Atlantic Sailings
19 The Issue of Gold

Appendix: Per Prag’s Diary
Map Routes of the Gold Transport
Notes
Bibliography
Index

REVIEWS
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"Pretty much everything you could ask for in an adventure story, except it is all real, a series of events that actually happened and which did come to what I might describe as a 'happy ending', or a successful one at least."

- Military Modelling

"a very fine effort elucidating an important event in World War II that few outside of Norway now remember. Combined with the new exhibits in Oslo, the book is timely and welcome"

- Sun News Miami

"Pearson covers secret meetings, close calls, fire fights, air raids, sea battles, and more, in a tale that could easily make for a very good motion picture thriller. He also gives us some insights into how Norway managed to steer its way through neutrality during the “Phony War,” and adds a quick overview of the country’s role in the World War II. This is a very good read for anyone."

- StrategyPage

"Reads like a thriller, and worthy of Hollywood attention, surely? Robert Pearson's excellent book has everything. A forgotten consequence of the Nazi occupation of Norway."

- Books Monthly

"It certainly makes for a lively story."

- Miniature Wargames

“Reading like a thriller, it is a very exciting story that has been very well told. It offers a very impressive example of applied intelligence, careful planning, bluff and bravery. A wonderful read.”

- Baird Maritime

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