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Hitler's Preemptive War: The Battle for Norway, 1940 | [Henrik Lunde]

Hitler's Preemptive War: The Battle for Norway, 1940

This book describes the often overlooked World War II campaign for Norway - a complex series of battles in which Hitler out-gambled Churchill in order to secure a vital resource lifeline for the Third Reich. After Hitler conquered Poland and was still fine-tuning his plans against France, the British began to exert control of the coastline of neutral Norway, an action that threatened to cut off Germany’s iron-ore conduit to Sweden and outflank from the start its hegemony on the Continent.
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This book describes the often overlooked World War II campaign for Norway - a complex series of battles in which Hitler out-gambled Churchill in order to secure a vital resource lifeline for the Third Reich.

After Hitler conquered Poland and was still fine-tuning his plans against France, the British began to exert control of the coastline of neutral Norway, an action that threatened to cut off Germany’s iron-ore conduit to Sweden and outflank from the start its hegemony on the Continent. The Germans responded with a dizzying series of assaults, using every tool of modern warfare developed in the previous generation. Airlifted infantry, mountain troops and paratroopers were dispatched to the north, seizing Norwegian strongpoints while forestalling larger but more cumbersome Allied units.

The German navy also set sail, taking a brutal beating at the hands of Britannia, while ensuring with its sacrifice that key harbors could be held open for resupply. As dive-bombers soared overhead, small but elite German units traversed forbidding terrain to ambush Allied units trying to forge inland. At Narvik, some 6,000 German troops battled 20,000 French and British, until the Allies were finally forced to withdraw by the great disaster in France, which had then gotten underway.

Henrik Lunde, a native Norwegian and former U.S. Special Operations colonel, has written the most objective account to date of a campaign in which 20th-century military innovation found its first fertile playing field.

©2009 Henrik O. Lunde (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Bruce 07-06-14
    Bruce 07-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent history of am interesting campaign"
    What made the experience of listening to Hitler's Preemptive War the most enjoyable?

    Deep research on the subject


    What did you like best about this story?

    Balanced approach and context


    What didn’t you like about Tom Parks’s performance?

    Ok, but audible should help reader with German and Norwegian names.


    Any additional comments?

    One of series of interesting books on Northern campaigns by this author

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    Long Story Small Town, Idaho 07-20-13
    Long Story Small Town, Idaho 07-20-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Fine history; narration not so good"
    Would you listen to Hitler's Preemptive War again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't listen to "Hitler's Preemptive War" again . . . but, I would read a hard-copy edition.


    What didn’t you like about Tom Parks’s performance?

    Tom Parks would be a good narrator for a young adult novel, but lacked the "gravitas" for this material. His pronunciation of words (even English) was odd, idiosyncratic. His word emphasis was off-putting.


    Any additional comments?

    Very fine example of military history on the more-or-less "micro" level. Excellent research went into this book!

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