Attempting to prevent Germany obtaining vital World-War Two supplies of iron ore through Narvik, British naval forces mined Norwegian territorial waters at several points.
AIR SHOT..Destroyers underway.
CU Ditto - smoking funnel.
GV Destroyer enters fjord, April 10.
SV Destroyer H.99 in fjord.
SV Destroyer F.67 in fjord.
LV Destroyer D.03 in fjord.
TWO SHOTS..Guns fire.
GV PAN Destroyers in action.
GV Destroyers in action.
CU Guns fire.
LV Shell burst on shore and destroyer in action.
LV PAN.. Shells drop in water close to destroyers.
GV H.M.S. Hardy aground in fjord (sunk in previous action)
TWO SHOTS..Guns fire.
GV Sinking and disabled German ships.
STV Officers on bridge of destroyer pan up to Polish destroyer from entering fjord, April 13.
SV Guns fire on Bedouin.
CBV Commander of Bedouin with binoculars, guns fire.
GV Cruiser Resolution..guns fire.
STV Guns fire.
GV Of bay smoke on land.
CU Sailor looks through binoculars.
LV PAN Showing German ships sunk and on fire.
GV PAN.. Boats and men in water survivors from Polish destroyer Grom, pan to rescuing cruiser Effingham.
LV Men in water and boats picking up men.
SV Boat picking up men, pan to men swimming in water.
LV Boats take rescued men to destroyer Bedouin.
SV Rescued men on deck of destroyer.
SCU Ditto..one covered in oil.
GV Effingham and Aurora underway leaving bay.
SHOT FROM WASH..pan up to Norway coast.
GV PAN Destroyer and shipping in Narvic bay, May 28.
LV Destroyer signals.
CU French soldiers step down into boat.
STV Landing boats leave destroyer.
CU French soldier looks through binoculars.
(Three shots.) Guns fire.
GV Explosion on shore.
LV Landing boats on way to shore.
LV Flames and explosion on shore.
LV Landing boats and troops reach shore.
SV Troops landing on shore.
GV French troops passing across land.
CU Signaller with lamp.
GV Troops advancing across land.
LV Beach -- sailor signals.
(Two Shots) French troops with captured Germans.
(Two shots) Burning buildings on shore at night.
GV PAN.. Naval ships and transports off Narvic, June 4.
(Two shots) People and soldiers running, air-raid warning.
TV Burning dwelling.
GV Smoke and flames around dwellings.
SV PAN.. Blazing house in town.
GV Bombs dropping near Navy transport ship.
GV Attack on transport in field. fjord.
LV Bombs dropping near Navy transport.
SV Bofor gun firing.
Shot Ack-Ack bursts in air.
STV Flames and burning building in tree.
LV PAN.. Damaged bridge with iron ore trucks.
LV PAN UP Wrecked iron ore landing stage.
STV German prisoners being marched to quay side.
LV Troops and others ditto.
SV Troops up gangway of ship.
LV German plane diving to attack.
(Three shots) Destroyers firing guns.
GV Bombs dropping and bursting in water.
LV Cruiser fires broadside.
LV Bombs dropping near ship.
Shot from ship of bombs dropping nearby.
GV Burning oil tanks on shore of Narvic, June 8.
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EDITOR PLEASE NOTE: APRIL 10th IS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD WAR TWO BATTLE FOR NARVIK, NORWAY. THIS FILM, WHICH COVERS EVENTS LEADING UP TO ITS CAPTURE AND THE SUBSEQUENT JUNE 4-8 BRITISH EVACUATION. IS SUPPLIED FOR YOUR USE AT ANY TIME BEFORE APRIL 10.
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Background: Attempting to prevent Germany obtaining vital World-War Two supplies of iron ore through Narvik, British naval forces mined Norwegian territorial waters at several points. Neutral Norway immediately issued a heated protest, threatening Britain with war. The ink was hardly dry on the protest when German troops invaded Norway at several places on April 9, 1940.
April 10, British naval ships steamed into Narvik Bay and sank many ore carrying merchant ships anchored there. Three days later a British destroyer squadron, led by the battleship 'Warspite', engaged German naval unites base at Narvik and sank seven enemy destroyers in the ensuing battle.
A British expeditionary force was despatched to Norway's aid. Unfortunately every Norwegian air base was by then in German hands. The Luftwaffe was thus able to prevent the British forces form landing heavy artillery or mechanized equipment.
Fighting their way across the country in an attempt to link-up with the gallant but outnumbered Norwegian forces. British and French troops were hampered by the marvellous efficiency of Germany's longtime installed 'fifth column' of spies and traitors. Norwegian forces crumbled before the invaders overwhelming might, and Allied troops were forced to evacuate Southern and Central Norway May 5.
British forces continued operations against Narvik for more than a month. Success came to them May 28 when German occupying forces gave way before an Allied landing force. Narvik was captured.
Unfortunately things were not going so well in other theatres of operations. Early that same day - May 28 - King Leopold announced Belgium's surrender. The British Expeditionary Force in Flanders we were thus caught between two fires. It was decided to evacuate them from Dunkirk.
On June 4, orders came to abandon Narvik. Although still under continuous aerial bombardment, the evacuation - ending June 8 - was carried out in an orderly manner. The Norwegian campaign came to and end June 10, 1940.