The Norway Campaign and the Rise of Churchill 1940 by Anthony Dix
The first months of the Second World War seemed to herald nothing but defeat for anyone opposing Hitler. The campaign in Norway was one of those depressing times – yet despite its lack of success, it did pave the way for the emergence of Churchill as a war leader.
This is a well written survey of a campaign that is over overlooked in view of the more dramatic events that were to follow. Fought in three phases: the landings supporting the Norwegians, evacuation from Central Norway leading to Chamberlain’s resignation and the Northern campaign; the battles are clearly explained and identified. Alongside this military aspect, Dix charts the policies, issues and personalities of the British political scene showing how they affected the different aspects of the Norwegian campaign.
It is a very detailed study creating a balanced overview of the events at the beginning of the second World war and highlighting the long term consequences that were to have so much effect.