More than any other campaign of WWII, Operation Weserubing has been shrouded in mystery. Strategic political and legal issues were unclear and military issues were dominated by risk.
The German success was the result of improvisation and the application of available forces far beyond the comprehension of their British and Norwegian counterparts. The operation necessitated combining the resources of air force, army and navy. Troops were transported into battle by warship and aircraft, and paratroopers were used for the first time.
This combined arms assault was the first 'three dimensional' strategic invasion in history. Hitler Strikes North details the course of this groundbreaking invasion and provides valuable historical and modern lessons about the role of combined arms planning, the strategic demand for resources, and the use of military force.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations vii
1 The Setting 1
2 Iron Ore and Casus Belli 8
3 Rivals 21
4 Norwegian Defence Preparations 30
5 Nazi Planning 47
6 Opening Moves and Painful Collisions 69
7 The Fall of Denmark 89
8 The Seizure of Oslo 108
9 Littoral Operations in Action 143
10 Narvik 172
11 The Aftermath: Allied Reactions and German Exploitation 192
12 A Tale of When Deterrence Failed 237
Chronology Leading Up to War 250
Appendix 1 Order of Battle - Denmark 257
Appendix 2 Order of Battle - Germany 260
Glossary of Terms and Table of Ranks 267