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Posted January 9, 2010
Fairly comprehensive study of events on the strategic, operational, and tactical level for the opening campaign in central Norway during 1940. Nicely delves into tactical level operations that most studies have to this point neglected. There are also some great personality studies. The book is concentrated on Narvik and central Norway and barely touches operations in other areas of the country. Thus, the title is somewhat misleading. It should be called "Campaign in Norway Volume 1: The opening moves," or something of that nature. I urge the author to write two more volumes. Volume 2 on the campaign in the south, i. e., Oslo, Stavanger, etc. Volume 3 on the interesting events in the extremes of northern Norway later in the war. There should also be some discussion of the heavy water operations and other resistance matters.
What is evident in this book is the sacrifice put forth by the gallant Norwegian soldiers who stood fast while others faltered in the face of the vaunted wehrmacht in an extreme environment.
I can recommend this book for its indepth look at the operations around Narvik. That is extremely well researched. However, shoddy editing sometimes distracts from the otherwise interesting study.
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