German Invasion of Norway Timeline (April 9th - June 10th, 1940)
The Allies tried - and failed - to save Norway from conquest by the Axis powers when German attention turned north to Scandanavia.
The German invasion of Norway marked the first time that Axis and Allied ground forces met in face-to-face combat. A sizeable German invasion force was sent northward to claim the Scandinavian country - giving it a land corridor to valuable Swedish ore. The invasion commenced on April 9th, 1940 and went on to write another chapter in the growing story of World War 2.
Alongside Norway, the other territorial objective of the day was Denmark - which was taken with little trouble on the 9th. The landings across Norway then followed by sea and air. Allied warships found some early success at the First Battle of Narvik but Oslo came under pressure and forced its high profile leaders to vacate the city and ultimately arrange for a government-in-exile aboard a British ship. Various other major Norwegian cities became targets of the German aggression - again by land, sea, and air. The Allies responded with various offensives to help stem the enemy advances but communication proved poor and its troops were ill-equipped for cold weather fighting.