1940 in Norway

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Events in the year 1940 in Norway.


1940 is the year when Norway became drawn into World War II. On 9 April Nazi Germany invaded the country, which remained occupied until 8 May 1945. See the article Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany for a full exposition of World War II in Norway.



The April–June 1940 Norwegian Campaign.
  • 16 February - Altmark Incident: The British destroyer Cossack intercepts the German transport Altmark in Norwegian waters, recovering 299 British prisoners of war.
  • 8 April - In Operation Wilfred the United Kingdom places fictitious and real naval mine fields off the coast of Norway. The aim was to provoke a German response.
  • 9 April -
  • 10 April - German invasion of Norway: Germans set up a Norwegian government under Vidkun Quisling, former minister of defence.
  • 10 April - German invasion of Norway: The German cruiser Königsberg, damaged the previous day by Norwegian coastal artillery, is sunk by Fleet Air Arm dive bombers in Bergen harbour
  • 11 April - Norwegian Campaign: First Battle of Narvik, British destroyers and aircraft successfully make a surprise attack against a larger German naval force. A second attack on 13 April will also be a British success.
  • 13 April - Norwegian Campaign: British and French troops begin landing at Namsos and Harstad in Norway. The landings are aimed at recapturing Trondheim and Narvik, respectively.
  • 14–19 April - Norwegian Campaign: Battle of Dombås: Norwegian Army units defeat German Fallschirmjäger attack.
  • 24 April - German occupation of Norway: Adolf Hitler names Josef Terboven as Reichskommissar of Norway with power to invoke and enforce decrees.
  • 27 April - Norwegian Campaign: British troops begin pull-out from southern and central parts of Norway.
  • 1 May - Norwegian Campaign: Allies begin evacuating south-western and central-Norwegian ports.
  • 5 May - Norwegian Campaign: Hegra Fortress capitulates after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway have laid down their arms (see Battle of Hegra Fortress).
  • 10 May - Norwegian Campaign: The Hurtigruten steamer Nordnorge is sunk at Hemnesberget while being used as a German troop ship.
  • 24 May - Norwegian Campaign: The British make a final decision to cease operations in Norway.
  • 27 May - Norwegian Campaign: Most of Bodø was destroyed during a Luftwaffe attack. 6,000 people were living in Bodø at that time, and 3,500 people lost their homes in the attack.
  • 28 May - Norwegian Campaign: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recapture the Norwegian harbour-city Narvik which was of great strategic importance to Germany. This is the first allied infantry victory of World War II.
  • 7 June - Norwegian Campaign: The Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government was evacuated from Tromsø on board the British cruiser Devonshire which later on arrived safely in London where Haakon VII and his cabinet set up a Norwegian government in exile.
  • 8 June - Norwegian Campaign: The last of the Allied troops leave Norway.
  • 10 June - Norwegian Campaign: Mainland Norway surrenders to German forces.
  • 16 August – The Communist Party of Norway is banned in German-occupied Norway.
  • 28 September - Vidkun Quisling becomes head of the German-appointed provisional councillors of state in Norway.

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Johan Anker

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  1. ^ "Johan Anker". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Falahat, Ann. "Karl Uchermann". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 

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