The Struggle of Battle Group Dietl in the Spring of 1940

Alex Buchner

A German account of the invasion of Norway in 1940.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Contributor(s) :
Janice W Ancker
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009179
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Published for the first time in English, this is a German account of the German invasion of Norway in the spring of 1940. It focuses on the efforts of Group “1” led by Eduard Dietl. This group of Gebirgstruppen was landed at Narvik in early April by ten destroyers. These ships were then all sunk by the Allies. Dietl’s troops were outnumbered by Allied troops but his defense utilized ammunition, food and sailors from the sunken ships and his men retook Narvik once the Allies abandoned their efforts to push the Germans out of Norway.

About The Author

A native English speaker of German and Danish descent, Janice W. Ancker holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, with a focus on 20th century European social and political history. She grew up listening to stories and experiences of family members who served during World War II. Later, as a military family member, she lived and taught in Germany for more than ten years. She is the translator of Jutland (M. Epkenhans) Hitler’s Wehrmacht (R. Müller), the Forgotten Front: The Eastern Theater of World War I, 1914–1915 (G. Gross), and Narvik in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series.


1.The Way to Narvik
2.Consolidation of conditions in the battle group Narvik
3.The fight for the south flank
4.Defensive fight with the Windisch group in the north
5.The sections Narvik and Erzbahn until the end of May
6.The situation in the north worsens
7.Large-scale attack against Narvik section
8.Final battle of the group Narvik


"Buchner, by way of Ancker, has presented an intensely detailed historical account and counterfactual analysis of the strategic dilemmas faced by German and Allied forces at Narvik. As such this book may be of particular interest to those engaged in wargaming and military simulations as a well as historical enthusiasts more generally."

- Naval Historical Foundation

"The story of Dietl's improvisation in the face of such inadequacies is quite impressive...the best account in English of the German side of Narvik."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

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