Discussion in 'World History' started by cubsfan6506, Oct 12, 2007.
I've never found an answer to this. Did Germany just retreat out of Norway.
Norway was held by German forces until the unconditional surrender of Germany.
Germany had about 400 000 soldiers in Norway at the end of WW2. Hitler had been expecting an invasion of Norway for some time (most of it was diversions to keep his eyes of Normandie). The Norwegian Reichkommisar (SP?) in Norway Josef Terbhoven wanted to fight until the end in Norway too. But he got the order to surrender, and killed himself in a bunker in Oslo. The Soviets had already moved in trough the North of the country. After the war the Soviets withdrew from Norway (the only place they did that after the war) and the US 99 battalion got sent here.
It was only one of the few times the Germans surrenders with most of it forces still intact.
Terbhoven was a Reichskommisar. Hitler was the Reichs chancler.
Thanks, i knew he was Reich something, i just couldnt remember it
Its NP. I only remember it because I'm working on a paper for an academic conference, and Nazi policies in Scandanavia factor heavily into it.
There was fighting up in the Norwegian arctic though, as the Soviets pursued the retreating German troops up there into Norway proper.
They retreated in the end of the war, when the Soviets defeated them in the north, and when Germany was full of allied troops.
Wasn't there a fairly large Norwegian resistance throughout the war? Or am I just thinking too much about WWII games?
Yes it was, but the largest one (Milorg) didnt really start that much with sabotage actions until late in the war.
However, we all know the Norwegian resitance stopped Hitler from getting a nuke and thus saved the world
It was fairly large, but did fairly little, it's was more like an "army-in-being" not actually doing anything, but threatening to do something if the Germans did anything.
It played an important part in stabilizing Norway after the war, though.
...along with a lot of other Allied units. For instance, following the German surrender a large proportion of the British Special Air Service was used to secure southern Norway.
True, when Vidkun Quisling was told there where British Planes with soldiers on their way to norway after the Germans surrenderd he said "Good". Better the Brits then the commies i guess he figured.
And not unreasonably it turned out to be the Norwegians he really had to worry about.
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