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Deadlock and Diversion

Scandinavia in British Strategy during the Twilight War 1939–1940

Deadlock and Diversion
Patrick Salmon
Bremen: Verlag H.M. Hauschild
Deutsche Maritime Studien/German Maritime Studies, Band 20

1. Auflage 2012, XVI, 270 Seiten, 54 Abbildungen, 17 x 22 cm, Hardcover, gebunden, 710 g
ISSN 1860-9899ISBN 978-3-89757-520-2
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At the beginning of the Second World War the British and French governments were publicly committed to a long war of attrition against Germany. But with no military action on the Western Front they soon began to look for short cuts that might lead to a quick victory. Prompted by an exaggerated belief in the importance of Swedish iron ore to the German war economy and the outbreak of the Soviet-Finnish Winter War, Churchill, Chamberlain and their colleagues turned to Scandinavia as the solution of their problems. Unfortunately, Hitler was looking in the same direction, and the ruthless German action against Norway and Denmark in April 1940 put an abrupt end to Allied hopes for a diversionary strategy in the North.

This study of Scandinavia in British strategy during the "Twilight War" is based on a Ph.D. thesis originally completed in 1979. It has been supplemented by two chapters examining the repercussions of "The Secret History of 1940" after the war: at the Nuremberg Trials and in Anglo-Norwegian relations. The author has provided a new introduction as well as an extensive bibliographical essay discussing the literature that has appeared on the subject since the completion of the thesis.


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Patrick Salmon is Chief Historian at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, and was formerly Professor of International History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of numerous works on Nordic and Baltic international relations from the late 19th century to the present day, including Scandinavia and the Great Powers 1890–1940 (1997) and has edited several volumes in the series Documents on British Policy Overseas.