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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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    Kenneth M. 04-07-15
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    "Great book hampered by poor narration"
    Where does Hitler's Preemptive War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The subject and quality of the research was excellent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    You would think that the narrator would have been pre-screened for his/her ability to pronounce German, names and words. The narrator's lack of ability to pronounce German names and terms makes the book difficult to listen to at times. This is a book about a German Campaign get a narrator that has the ability to pronounce German words and military terminology, both German and English correctly. I will give him a pass on the Norwegian words and names.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not to harp on the narrator but there are times I wanted to stop listening because of his terrible pronunciations.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Bruce Greer St Albans, MO USA 07-06-14
    G. Bruce Greer St Albans, MO USA 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Long Story Small Town, Idaho 07-20-13
    Long Story Small Town, Idaho 07-20-13 Member Since 2010

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Lovett 05-05-15
    Matt Lovett 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting and yet..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only for the serious military historian,


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More details about the people involved, rather than just the recitation of unit placement. FOr instance what were the Norwegian civilians faring with all of this ? We arent getting the story from the soldiers, sailors and airmen that were there only a very sterile view from official sources.


    Did Tom Parks do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Tom Parks delivery not as bad as some others' reviews would have you believe, but it isnt that great either. There are few characters for Tom to differentiate in any case,


    Do you think Hitler's Preemptive War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The subject needs a DIFFERENT book.


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