Norway 1940: Chronicle of a Chaotic Campaign

Author(s): Harry Plevy 

ISBN: 9781781555811
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Germany used land, sea and air power to invade Norway. Britain and France thought, wrongly, that the use of sea power and unsupported infantry would suffice to eject the invader. This book comprehensively traces the progress of the Norwegian campaign with much use of participant accounts, many previously unpublished.

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  • A comprehensive, chronologically arranged account of the two-month campaign

  • Embraces viewpoints of all the combatants: British, French, German, Norwegian and Polish

  • Many first-hand accounts, previously unpublished or not in general circulation

Ostensibly fought for control of Swedish iron ore to Germany, the Norwegian campaign made an important but largely overlooked contribution to the conduct of the Second World War. It convincingly proved the supremacy of air power in modern warfare and, particularly, the vulnerability of land and sea forces to sustained undefended air assault. It was the first conflict in which one side, the Germans, used all three arms of their forces in integrated combined assault – Blitzkreig – and in which parachute and glider-borne troops were used to secure airfields and strategic targets. In contrast, the Allies tried to conduct the campaign on land, with an overreliance on infantrymen and inadequate air support.

Norway 1940: Chronicle of a Chaotic Campaign deals with the strategic and political imperatives in an integrated and comprehensive manner, as well as operations, in a complex and rapidly changing two-month campaign. While other books on the campaign have tended to focus on a limited perspective, such as naval operations or the higher levels of political decision-making with no combatant or personal perspective, this book makes much use of many previously unpublished contemporary writings and eyewitness accounts of the people involved in the Norwegian campaign.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555811
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 416 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 32 black-and-white photographs



Educated at Dudley Grammar School, the University of Wolverhampton and Aston University, Harry Plevy qualified as a metallurgist and spent his working career equally divided between manufacturing industry and academia. His period of National Service was spent as a specialist ammunition technician in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He is the author of over twenty research papers and technical and management articles, and has had two books published on naval topics.