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The German military genius for maneuver warfare is well illustrated by an often overlooked operation of
World War II, the invasion of Scandinavia in 1940. Operation Weserübung also warrants examination because
it was joint in execution and demonstrates that the German army, navy, and air force—Wehrmacht, Kriegsmarine,
and Luftwaffe—could fight as a team even if rivalry among the headquarters of the services made
Hitler the operation’s unified commander by fault. A combination of speed, surprise, and daring enabled the
German armed forces to defy the Royal Navy by transporting troops directly to their objectives along the
Norwegian coast. Furthermore, quickness and dash baffled the hapless Norwegians and beleaguered Allied
forces. The lessons of this operation were not lost on the British for the balance of the war and remain
relevant today as a case study in joint warfare and the operational art.

An excerpt from “Operation Weserübungnd the Origins of Joint Warfare” by  Major Richard D. Hooker, Jr., USA and Second Lieutenant Christopher Coglianese, USA.  Detailed article with maps of the campaign.

Full text of the article here: Operation Weserubung


Campaign In Norway, Norwegian Dispositions And Initial German Operations, 9 April 1940




With permission from the Department of History at the United States Military Academy

See also: The Campaign in Norway Maps – Operation Weserübung – April 9, 1940


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The Allied campaign in Norway during World War II took place from April 1940 until early June 1940. Allied operations were focused in two areas, in northern Norway around Narvik and in central Norway.

The British campaign was coincidentally commenced simultaneously with Nazi Germany’s invasion of Denmark and Norway in Operation Weserübung of April 9

Naval Movements Map, 7th-9th April: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-1a.jpg

Narvik: Battles, 10th and 13th April Maps: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-2.jpg

Naval Movements Map, 9th-13th April: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-1b.jpg

The Environs of Steinkjer Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-3.jpg

South Norway Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-4.jpg

The Approaches to Trondheim Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-5.jpg

Romsdal and Gudbrandsdal Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-6.jpg

British Air Operations in Norway: Bomber Limits and Fighter Bases Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-7a.jpg

German Air Operations in Norway: Bomber Limits and Fighter Bases Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-7b.jpg

The Road to the North: Mosjöen to Mo Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-8a.jpg

The Road to the North: Mo to Bodö Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-8b.jpg

The Capture of Narvik Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-9.jpg

The Approaches to Narvik Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-10.jpg

Naval Movements, 8th-13th June Map: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/maps/UK-NWE-Norway-11.jpg


Recommended reading: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/UK-NWE-Norway-Preface.html – The Campaign in Norway by T.K. Derry

See also: https://historicalresources.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/address-by-joachim-von-ribbentrop-to-diplomatic-and-press-representatives-in-berlin-on-april-10-1940-explaining-the-german-invasion-of-norway/ – Address by Joachim von Ribbentrop to diplomatic and press representatives in Berlin on April 10, 1940, explaining the German invasion of Norway

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