World War: ARTIC REGIONS: Invasion


This week the British War Office announced that a combined force of British, Canadians and Free Norwegians had invaded the Norwegian archipelago of Spitsbergen, "without enemy interference." Spitsbergen, 750 miles from the North Pole, has a little coal*, which the British decided to keep out of Nazi hands. The expedition, which was under Canadian command, gave restless Canadians their first warlike mission in over a year. The ships which carried the expedition also brought about 1,000 of Spitsbergen's Norwegians back to Britain, the men to serve in Free Norway's forces and merchant marine. But it scarcely represented the first...

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