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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2022 9:17 p.m. PST

"After two months of fighting Norway capitulated to the German forces in June 1940. What was left of the Norwegian Navy evacuated to Great Britain. Up to now there has been very little information in English about the build-up of a new combatant Norwegian navy in the U.K. and its wartime operations within the broader requirements of Allied strategy, – and in very close cooperation with The Royal Navy. This booklet is intended to help repair this deficiency. It gives a very short review of the wartime activities of the Royal Norwegian Navy after the occupation of Norway and until the end of the Second World War.

When the war in Norway, which lasted for two months, came to an end in June 1940 most of the small and ageing Norwegian navy was either sunk or put out of action. What was left was ordered to sail for England and from there take active part in the war against Nazi-Germany. At this early stage Norway gave a vital contribution to the Allied war effort through her possession of one of the world«s largest and most modern merchant fleets. This fleet was after the occupation of Norway at the disposal of the Allied powers. The income from it naturally strengthened the financial independence of the Norwegian government in exile. Political, financial and military agreements between the Norwegian and British goverments were the formal platform for the building-up and organization of a new combatant navy. All the units were flying the Norwegian naval ensign but were under British operational control. The Royal Norwegian Navy cooperated to the fullest extent with the Royal Navy and of course both British training and equipment were of decisive importance to the reconstruction of the navy…"
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GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2022 5:38 a.m. PST

Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2022 3:14 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami….


Armand

JAFD2616 Mar 2022 3:27 p.m. PST

Lou Coatney's page (will look up URL ASAP) has plans for a paper model (well, I'm making the hull of basswood) of HNoMS Sleipner,

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2022 3:17 p.m. PST

Thanks.

Armand

JAFD2619 Mar 2022 2:32 p.m. PST

Sorry for delay
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