No episode in the British conduct of the Second World War is more shameful than the story told here. The courage and steadfastness of the soldiers and sailors and their commanders is in striking contrast to the baseness, the cowardice, the sheer incompetence of the government that put them in impossible situations and, having put them there, dithered and vacillated. Not, as the author makes clear, that the French government of Daladier and of Reynaud were any better. On both sides of the Channel the national leaders, Churchill excepted, were engrossed in playing politics at a time of deadly danger. All too soon France paid a terrible price. How near England came to that this book most clearly shows. And it also shows to what depths of dishonour England descended in deceiving their Norwegian ally. It is hard to say whether this part of the story should be classified as tragedy or farce. A septuagenarian commander-in-chief pursuing his own headquarters by catching a tram, a coastal defence battery, unused for a century, which by a lucky shot sinks a German cruiser with the top Gestapo men on board, mobilization orders sent out by post when the Germans already had the country by the throat - all this would seem incredible in an Offenbach operetta, but it is all true, and, like the rest of the book, documented up to the hilt by a mastery of the archives of every country involved. Not the least interesting aspect of the matter is the German one. Hitler's hysterical obsession with Norway all but led him to throw away the winnings of his spectacular gamble and, fortunately for the allies, remained an important factor in his subsequent strategic misjudgements. Other work by the author includes "Churchill and De Gaulle".
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"The Allied campaign in Norway has had its detractors, but none with the satiric style of Kersaudy."About the Author:
Francois Kersaudy was a research fellow at Keble College, Oxford University. He is the author of "Churchill and DeGaulle."
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Book Description Collins, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Image shows actual item for sale. Book Condition: Very Good; firm binding; contents very good. Jacket Condition: Very Good History Military War. Bookseller Inventory # 90153
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Book Description Collins, London, 1990. Hard Cover. Book Condition: G+. Dust Jacket Condition: G+. Photos, Maps (illustrator). 1st Thus. 24cm By 16cm. Germany's Blitzkreig occupation of France, Holland and Belgium in 1940 has tended to overshadow the earlier campaign in Norway when British and French forces endeavoured to help the small Norwegian military repel the German invasion. The author, a Frenchman, tells here in an informative and constantly interesting way the story of this ill=fated venture, beginning with the political machinations early in WWII, the muddles by the Allies, their mistrust of the Norwegians and of the difficult geographical and climatic conditions that confronted all the forces. First published in France in 1987 this first English edition of 1990 translated by the author. An ex-library copy. 272 pages including notes, sources/bibliography, index, 24 b/w photos, nine maps. Brown hard covers with gilt spine titles G+ with light wear upper/lower edges, issue sheet, 2 stamps, crossed bar code FFEP, 2 lines ink library codes title page verso, library stamp top introduction page, text block otherwise excellent. Plastic protected sepia pictorial DJ VG+, taped to pastedowns, codes label lower spine. Bookseller Inventory # 002483
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