Diary April 30, 1940

German infantry in street fighting

Diary for Tuesday, April 30, 1940: Norway British commence evacuation of Andalsnes, Molde and Alesund (completed night May 1-2). German columns from Oslo and Trondheim link up in central Norway. Hitler issues congratulatory Order of the Day. Air War He… learn more

Diary April 29, 1940

De Haviland DH82 Tiger Moth

Diary for Monday, April 29, 1940: Air War Empire Air Training Scheme: training of pilots and air crews begins at schools in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Norway British troops land at Bodo. Cruiser HMS Glasgow transports King Haakon, Crown… learn more

Diary April 28, 1940

Renault R-35

Diary for Sunday, April 28, 1940: Sea War Atlantic: Liner Queen Mary (81,200 t) arrives at Cape Town after record-breaking 12-day voyage from New York. learn more

Diary April 27, 1940

Josef Terboven

Diary for Saturday, April 27, 1940: Occupied countries Norway: Terboven appointed Reichskommissar for Norway (formerly Gauleiter of Essen). Politics Germany officially at war with Norway. Ribbentrop attempts to justify German invasion of Norway by describing vast, carefully prepared, Anglo-French-Norwegian ‘conspiracy’… learn more

Diary April 26, 1940

German infantry becomes fire

Diary for Friday, April 26, 1940: Norway Norwegians and British halt German advance along Gudbrandsdal Valley at Kvam. Norwegian CinC General Ruge issues optimistic Order of the Day: ‘now the time of retreat has come to an end…, Stand fast… learn more

Diary April 25, 1940

Me 110 shorty before a mission

Diary for Thursday, April 25, 1940: Sea War British armed trawlers Bradman, Hammond and Larwood sunk by German aircraft off Andalsnes (they are subsequently raised and operated as German patrol boats Friese, Salier and Franke). learn more

Diary April 24, 1940

Warspite is bombarding a land target

Diary for Wednesday, April 24, 1940: Sea War British battleship Warspite and three cruisers bombard Narvik, planned landing of troops from cruiser Vindictive is cancelled. Three French destroyers engage German patrol boats in the Skagerrak (night April 23-24) and repel… learn more

Diary April 23, 1940

medium bombers Junkers Ju 88

Diary for Tuesday, April 23, 1940: Air War German bombers raid Scapa Flow (night April 22-23). Home Fronts Australia: Prime Minister Menzies threatens to re-open coal mines by force if miners do not end their 6-week strike (strike settled by… learn more

Diary April 22, 1940

Char B1 loaded on train

Diary for Monday, April 22, 1940: Air War French reconnaissance aircraft reach Prague (night April 22-23). learn more

Diary April 21, 1940

Vickers Wellington

Diary for Sunday, April 21, 1940: Air War RAF bombers (1 lost) raid Aalborg airfield (north Denmark) and Stavanger–Sola airfield. learn more

Diary April 20, 1940

Junkers Ju 87R

Diary for Friday, April 20, 1940: Air War German bombers (3 lost) attack British naval units off Norway. learn more

Diary April 19, 1940

German troops in a burning village in Norway.

Diary for Friday, April 19, 1940: Norway British brigade, advancing south from Namsos, reaches Verdal, 80 km from Trondheim. French troops (Chasseurs Alpins) land as reinforcements at Namsos. But German troops, landed from two destroyers, outflank British 146th Infantry Brigade… learn more

Diary April 18, 1940

HMS Bedouin

Diary for Thursday, April 18, 1940: Norway British base established at Molde; troops land at nearby Alesund. Operation Hammer cancelled – British plan (Churchill and Admiral Keyes) for direct assault on Trondheim by British Home Fleet and landing of 4,500… learn more

Diary April 17, 1940

Ju 52 over a Fjord in Norway

Diary for Wednesday, April 17, 1940: Norway British troops land at Andalsnes (Operation Sickle). German troops isolated at Narvik ordered to ‘hold out as long as possible’. Air War RAF bomb Trondheim-Vaernes airfield. Sea War British cruiser Suffolk bombards Stavanger–Sola… learn more

Diary April 16, 1940


Diary for Tuesday, April 16, 1940: Sea War German U-boat U-1 sunk by British submarine Porpoise, off Stavanger. Politics Norwegian White Paper on German invasion: listing 13 demands made by German Minister in Oslo (April 9), several hours after commencement… learn more

Diary April 15, 1940

Under the cover of a Panzer I

Diary for Monday, April 15, 1940: Norway Siege of Hegra: Norwegian detachment holds antiquated Hegra Fortress, east of Trondheim, against strong German ground and air forces for 3 weeks (ends May 5). King Haakon issues proclamation appealing for all Norwegians… learn more

Diary April 14, 1940

Inhabitants of Oslo watching German troops

Diary for Sunday, April 14, 1940: Norway British North Western Expeditionary Force begins landing at Harstad (near Narvik) and Namsos (north of Trondheim). General von Falkenhorst, commander of German Forces in Norway, threatens draconian measures against civilian resistors. Air War… learn more

Diary April 13, 1940

castaway recovered

Diary for Saturday, April 13, 1940: Sea War SECOND BATTLE OF NARVIK. Battleship HMS Warspite and nine destroyers attack eight German destroyers – which are all sunk or disabled (and then scuttled by their crews, which escape ashore). Three British… learn more

Diary April 12, 1940

German troops escort

Diary for Friday, April 12, 1940: Air War 90 RAF bombers, despatched to Stavanger area to attack German battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst, fail to make contact. Poltik Danish Government of Faeroe Islands agrees to accept British protection (troops land April… learn more

Diary April 11, 1940

HMS Spearfish

Diary for Thursday, April 11, 1940: Sea War The British S class submarine Spearfish cripples pocket-battleship Lützow, south of Oslo (night April 10-11). Norway General Ruge appointed CinC Norwegian Army, in place of Maj-Gen. Laake. Air War 6 Wellington bombers… learn more