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Norway WW2 Timeline

Authored By Dan Alex | Last Updated: 4/3/2015

Norway was invaded by Germany on April 9th, 1940 and not liberated until near the end of the war on May 8th, 1945.

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There are a total of 33 WW2 Norway Timeline Events. Entries are listed below by date of occurrence ascending and are gathered from the overall SwwH site database as they relate to their particular series of events.


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1940
Monday
February 5th

The Allied Supreme War Council agrees to come to the aid of Finland and Norway - if only to protect valuable Swedish ore from falling to the Germans.

1940
Friday
February 16th

HMS Cossack, a Royal Navy destroyer, moves into neutral Norwegian waters to claim its merchant men from the German ship Altmark. Germany and Norway both protest the action.

1940
Monday
April 8th

HMS Glowworm intercepts a portion of the German invasion fleet headed to Norway.

1940
Tuesday
April 9th

The German invasion force strikes Norway and Denmark.

1940
Tuesday
April 9th

Norwegian royalty and its government flee northward from the invasion.

1940
Tuesday
April 9th

HMS Rodney, a British battlecruiser, engages the German warships KMS Gneisenau and KMS Scharnhorst.

1940
Tuesday
April 9th

Norwegian coastal guns sink the German cruiser Blucher with 1,600 lives being lost.

1940
Wednesday
April 10th

KMS Konigsberg, a German light cruiser, becomes the first warship sunk by dive bombing at Bergen.

1940
Wednesday
April 10th

Five British destroyers surprise a German force of ten destroyers near Narvik. Nine German cargo ships are lost as well as two destroyers. The British also lose a pair of destroyers in the action.

1940
Friday
April 12th

British aerial bombing of KMS Admiral Hipper, KMS Gneisenau, and KMS Scharnhorst fail to net the needed results.

1940
Saturday
April 13th

The Second Battle of Narvik nets the British eight German destroyers and a submarine.

1940
Sunday
April 14th

An Allied rescue force made up of British, Polish, and French begin arriving at Namsos, Alesund, and Narvik.

1940
Saturday
April 20th - April 30th

The German defense at Trondheim holds and prepares for reinforcements.

1940
Wednesday
April 24th

Allied naval guns open up on German positions at Narvik in preparation for a ground assault.

1940
Wednesday
May 1st - May 2nd

Allied forces abandon their missions at Namsos and Andalsnes.

1940
Thursday
May 2nd

German forces arrive at Andalsnas.

1940
Friday
May 3rd

Duringan evacuation operation, the French destroyer Bison and the British destroyer Afridi are sunk by air attack.

1940
Sunday
May 5th

French and Polish forces land at Tromso and Harstad.

1940
Monday
May 13th

Norwegian forces move on Narvik.

1940
Monday
May 13th

French forces land at Bjerkvik.

1940
Friday
May 17th

The British lose HMS Effingham when it runs aground near Narvik.

1940
Tuesday
May 21st

The Allies are able to make some gains near Narvik.

1940
Monday
May 27th

German warplanes destroyer the city of Bodo.

1940
Monday
May 27th

The Allies enter Narvik.

1940
Friday
May 31st

British forces at Bodo evacuate.

1940
Saturday
June 1st

The British and French governments notify the Norwegian government of their plans to evacuate.

1940
Tuesday
June 4th

Allied forces at Harstad begin their evacuation of the area.

1940
Friday
June 7th

The Norwegian government joins several other powers as a government-in-exile. Its officials board HMS Devonshire for their escape.

1940
Saturday
June 8th

The Germans enact Operation Juno to relieve its forces at Narvik.

1940
Saturday
June 8th

HMS Glorious is sunk by KMS Scharnhorst and KMS Gneisenau.

1940
Sunday
June 9th

The Norwegian military is ordered to surrender.

1940
Monday
June 10th

The invasion of Norway is complete, the victory going to the Germans.

1940
Thursday
August 15th

74 Luftwaffe aircraft launched from bases in Denmark and Norway are lost on what will be remembered as "Black Thursday".