This new book documents the German invasion of Norway, focussing on the events at sea. More than other campaigns of the Second World War, Operation Weserübung has been shrouded in mystery, legend and flawed knowledge. At the time the strategic issues were at best unclear, while the military aspects were overshadowed by risk, and German success came about through improvisation, speed and the application of available forces far beyond the comprehension of British and Norwegian military and civilian authorities.
Weserübung also ushered in entirely novel military strategems. It was the first ever combined operation where air, sea and land forces operated together. Troops were transported directly into battle simultaneously by warship and aircraft, and success required co-operation between normally fiercely competing services. It was also the first time that paratroopers were used, while the following days were to witness the first dive-bomber attack to sink a major warship and the first carrier task-force operations.
The narrative is based on primary sources from Bristish, German and Norwegian archives, and is a superb account of the campaign and the reasons behind the invasion. With its unrivalled collection of photographs, many of which have never before appeared in print, this is a major new World War II history and the definitive acount of German'ys first and last major seaborne invasion.
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