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Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940 Volume 1

The Road to Invasion and Early Moves

Author : Niall Cherry

Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940 Volume 1 : The Road to Invasion and Early Moves


General - Pages : 336 | Images : 91 b/w photos, 6 b/w maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : February 2021 | Edition : Reprint | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781914059087 | Helion Book Code : HEL1301

Hardback - Date of Publication : December 2016 | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781909982185 | Helion Book Code : HEL0453

Books on the events of the early months of 1940 are dominated by the desperate fighting undertaken the British Expeditionary Force in Northern France and Belgium following the German invasion of May 10th and it is often overlooked that prior to this another British expeditionary force was involved in fierce fighting in Norway. Indeed, the invasion on April 9th saw the first use of airborne troops in the war and was also one of the very few amphibious operations undertaken by the Germans during the Second World War. It is hoped that Niall Cherry's new two-volume work covering the Allied intervention in Norway 1940 will fill this significant gap. The author provides a detailed account of the German invasion and the Allied reaction, including the land, sea and air battles. This includes such actions as the sinking of HMS Glowworm and HMS Glorious, the Gladiators on the frozen lakes and Maurice Force, the sacrifice of the Territorial Battalions at Tretten and the Independent Companies, to name but a few. Volume 1 focuses on the prelude to and early phases of the German invasion and Allied response. As in Niall's previous books, detailed research has been carried out using official reports, war diaries and veterans' accounts, supported by photographs and colour maps.


“As ever, Helion excel in this type of book and are to be commended for publishing such a range of truly superb books.” Britain at War


“This excellent book will appeal mainly to military historians and students, but its appeal should be widened to include laymen (like me) who were previously unaware of these facts.” Books Monthly


“The author writes in a very compelling way, with a real sense of tension…Looking forward to volume two.” Miniature Wargames


“ … There's a lot to like here. Cherry has mined some rich veins of primary source material, and utilizes the documents to very good effect … a highly commendable volume from the British perspective, presenting a great deal of fresh information about Narvik in particular, especially with the inclusion of so many pages coming directly from primary sources.” Stone & Stone Military Books


“ … Gripping detail and numerous photographs whet one’s appetite for the second of the two volumes scheduled.” Bulletin of the Military Historical Society  

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