Read Ebook Hitler's Northern War The Luftwaffe's Ill Fated Campaign 1940 1945 Ë Adam R.A. Claasen – chiangshistory.org
Adolf Hitler had high "hopes for his conuest of norway which held "for his conuest of Norway which held great symbolic and great strategic value for the Führer Despite early successes however his ambitious northern campaign foundered and ultimately failed Adam Claasen for the first time reveals the full story of this neglected episode and shows how it helped doom the Third Reich to defeat Hitler and Raeder the chief of the German navy were determined to take and keep Norway "By doing
"so they hoped "they hoped preempt Allied attempts to outflank Germany protect sea lanes "doing so they hoped to preempt Allied attempts to outflank Germany protect sea lanes German ships access precious Scandinavian minerals for war production and provide a launchpad for Luftwaffe and naval oper. ,
Ations against Great Britain Beyond those objectives Hitler also "envisioned Norway as part of a pan Nordic stronghold a centerpiece of new world order But as Claasen shows "Norway as part of a pan Nordic stronghold a centerpiece of his new world order But as Claasen shows grand expectations were never realized Göring's Luftwaffe was the vital spearhead in the invasion of Norway which marked a number of wartime firsts Among other things it involved the first large scale aerial operations over sea rather than land the first time operational objectives and logistical needs were fulfilled by air power and the first deployment of paratroopers Although it got off to a promising start "The German Effort Particularly Against "German effort particularly against and. .
Arctic convoys was greatly hampered by flawed strategic
thinking interservice rivalries between the luftwaffe and navyinterservice rivalries between the Luftwaffe and navy failure to develop a long range heavy bomber the diversion of planes and personnel to shore up the German war effort elsewhere and the northern theater's harsh climate and terrain Claasen's study covers every aspect of this ill fated campaign from 1940 invasion until war's end and shows how it was eventually relegated to a backwater status "as Germany to survive in an increasingly unwinnable war His compelling account sharpens our picture of the German air "Germany fought to survive in an increasingly unwinnable war His compelling account sharpens our picture of the German air and widens our understanding of the Third Reich's way of wa.