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Churchill and the Norway Campaign 1940

Rhys-Jones, Graham

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ISBN 10: 1844157539 / ISBN 13: 9781844157532
Published by Pen and Sword, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, 2008
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Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen and Sword. 2008. F First Editon. H Hardcover. Very Good. Clean copy, the slightest traces of wear to dust jacket spine tips; has some scattered highlighter marking. Bookseller Inventory # 00515108

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Title: Churchill and the Norway Campaign 1940

Publisher: Pen and Sword, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: H Hardcover

Illustrator: B/W Photographs

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: J Very Good

Edition: F First Editon.

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On 9 April 1940, the German Armed Forces seized Norway and Denmark in an operation remarkable for its precision and boldness. The Chamberlain War Cabinet was caught on the hop and responded with ineptitude.

While this book examines the making of grand strategy it is first and foremost the story of this ill-fated campaign. It describes the attempts of naval and military commanders to respond to daily shifts in government policy and to grasp the methods of a new kind of enemy – one which seemed willing to take extraordinary risks and which had regained a level of tactical mobility not seen since Napoleonic times.

Norway has been eclipsed by the larger disasters which followed shortly after notably the evacuation from Dunkirk and the fall of France. Although there is a substantial body of printed material touching on the subject, few accounts provide a clear view of the campaign as a whole and fewer still are easy to read. While the book concentrates on the higher levels of decision-making (War Cabinets, Chiefs of Staff, and Theater Commanders), it gives equal emphasis to land, sea and air operations and the men who under took them and provides, as far as possible, an even balance between British and German perspectives.


"a useful study of the elements- the matching of strategy and policy, and the wisdom of opening a new theater, while at the same time telling a riveting story...Any student of grand strategy, as well as the casual reader, will find plenty of value in this well written historical narrative. If there is a waiting list of books to be included into the curriculum at the Naval War College, this book should top the list"
Naval War College Review, Winter 2010

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Graham Rhys-Jones is an author and historian.

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