Norway 1940 THE LUFTWAFFE’S SCANDINAVIAN BLITZKRIEG

Norway 1940 The Luftwaffe’s
Scandinavian Blitzkrieg

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   Author:            James S. Corum

Illustrator:      Graham Turner

This 96-page paperback book is the 22nd book in the Air Campaign series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

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Ark Royal

The German invasion of Norway was a pivotal moment in modern warfare, the first joint campaign that featured air power as an equal element of all operations. It was, in fact, the superior use of their air force that gave the Germans the decisive margin of victory and ensured the failure of the Allied counter-offensive in central Norway in April and May 1940.

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German Paratroop Drop

All aspects of air power were employed in Norway, from long-range bombing and reconnaissance to air transport, with the Luftwaffe’s ability to transport large numbers of troops and supply ground forces over great distances being particularly important. Norway was the first campaign in history in which key targets were seized by airborne forces, and the first in which air superiority was able to overcome the overwhelming naval superiority of an enemy.

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Gen Erhard Milch Speaking To Pilots Of SiG 1

Researched from primary sources, this engaging history by air power expert Dr James Corum skilfully draws out where and why air power made the difference in Norway and analyses the campaign’s influence on the coming months and years of World War II.

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German Infantry Disembark Ju-52

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Attackers Capabilities
  • The Luftwaffe in the lightning conquest
  • German Order of Battle, 9 April 1940
  • Defenders Capabilities
  • The Norwegians and their allies
  • Norwegian Army Order of Battle
  • Allied Order of Battle, 9 April 1940
  • Campaign Objectives
  • German initial planning
  • The Campaign
  • The dawn of all-arms warfare
  • Analysis
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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German Paratroops

Conclusion

This book is an excellent look at the Air Campaign in this important, but not often covered, period of World War II history. This book takes you on a tour through all of the important battles in a chronological order and is supported with maps, drawings and period photographs. This historian will enjoy the book as it takes them through all the important facts of these early battles. The wargamer will be able to use the research of this book and incorporate the books findings into their own wargame. The modeler can use the photographs in this book as reference to create dioramas/vignettes of early World War II situations. No matter what your interest, this is an excellent book that readers will enjoy as it covers the Air Campaigns of early World War II.

The 22nd 96-page paperback book in the Air Campaign series of books is available from Osprey Publications.

Paperback

9781472847454

$24.00

eBook (ePub)

9781472847447

$19.20

eBook (PDF)

9781472847423

$19.20

There is a SPECIAL “Bundle Offer” available from Osprey Publications. If you choose a print and eBook format above, you get 25% off both!

(The photographs used in this review are copied with the permission of Osprey Publications.)

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