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The Norwegian Campaign, 1940

The Norwegian campaign 1940

The Norwegian Campaign, 1940

In April 1940 Hitler's forces swept westwards into France and northwards into Scandinavia. Denmark and Sweden fell overnight but Norway, like France, was too important to the Allies to be conceded without a fight. Lt Cdr Martin attacked Trondheim as part of the attempt to resist the German advance. This is his story of the ill-fated attack, a clash of technologies and British stoicism in the face of great danger.

The pack contains a webfilm extract of Lt Cdr Martin's interview, a short history of the Norwegian Campaign and the technology employed by both sides, a classrrom activity based on the strategic thinking that underpinned the campaign and a transcript of the interview.

The web film in this pack is 79Mb in size, and will NOT play while you are downloading it. Unlike other online video, it has been designed for saving to your hard disc and viewing offline more than once (maybe in the classroom). Please allow plenty of time for downloading.


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A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM is an ideal way to put the resources in this pack in context using the Museum's exhibitions and activity workshops.

The Skua Exhibition tells the story of the recovery of a Blackburn Skua from a lake in Norway. The aircraft is displayed in the state it was found, graphically demonstrating the fate of many of the aircraft shot down in the campaign to prevent the fall of Norway to Hitler's forces. The pilot, Captain Partridge, like Lt Cdr Martin, had a fascinating story including capture and a meeting with the man who shot him down.

Workshops and talks available at the Museum are listed in the Secondary School History and Citizenship Brochure.

Of particular relevance to this pack are:

  • The Role of the Aircraft in WW2 - Presentation - 1 hour
  • WW2 Artefacts and Archives
  • The Battle of Atlantic - Presentation
  • The Battle of the Atlantic - documents and sources

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