Diary April 19, 1940

German troops in a burning village in Norway.

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 near Steinkjer (Trondheim Fjord) and force it to withdraw.
British brigade from Andalsnes joins Norwegians at Lillehammer.

Air War

Destruction of Namsos: German bombers make repeated raids on this Allied base in central Norway until May 3. Town and harbour completely destroyed; civilian population evacuated.

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