The Doomed Expedition: The Norwegian Campaign of 1940 - Jack AdamsLondon: Leo Cooper, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the top corner of the lower panel. Top edge of the text block tanned. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; List of sources; Appendices (2);
From the cover: “In the early hours of 9 April 1940 the Germans invaded Denmark and Norway. Within twenty-four hours Denmark was overwhelmed and the main Norwegian airfields and seaports were under German control. Thus started the first confrontation in modern war in which combined operations on land, sea and in the air were fully involved.
Reluctantly the Allies launched Anglo-French landings in the Lofoten Islands and in Central Norway. At the outset serious liaison, command and, above all, communication problems arose.
The urgent military needs of the Norwegians, with their King and Government pursued by the Germans, were tragically misrepresented and never fully understood by Allied politicians.
On another level, personality clashes between senior commanders further confused conditions in the field, where lack of air cover, supporting arms and equipment made the task of the comparatively few combatants almost impossible to perform. Heroic battles and humiliating retreats led to the inevitable evacuation of an Allied expedition doomed from the start.
The hard lessons learned paved the way for successes in other theatres of war. The Norwegian Campaign, unsuccessful and overshadowed by the momentous events following Hitler’s breakthrough in the West, was conveniently forgotten.
Now, almost half a century later, the human tragedies and triumphs, played out in the appalling conditions of the Arctic Circle, are related in a succinct, fast-moving story told by a ranker who served throughout the campaign.”