World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (North): Into Norway

It had been four and a half years since the Wehrmacht swooped down on thunderstruck Norway in April 1940. Now, as the Nazi sun was sinking, the first little sliver of Norway was freed. Last week, far north in the Arctic, where Norway borders on Finland, the Russians pounded over the line in pursuit of the Germans, then took over the iron-ore port of Kirkenes, used by the Germans as a submarine and air base against the Allied northern sea route to Russia, and fought on some 15 miles westward.

For Norway, liberation was liberation, and the reaction was...

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