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To put in context, the circumstances surrounding the attack on my grandfathers’ trawler, Rutlandshire, on the 20th April 1940, in the Namsen Fjord (Namsfjord), I've endeavoured to capture and summarise those events during the first quarter of 1940, which preceded the invasion of Norway. Against this background, I've then focused on the period 19th – 21st April 1940 in an attempt to derive from the various Admiralty reports and newspaper articles, the circumstances and series of events leading up to the attack, the grounding and the subsequent rescue of my grandfather and his crew.
As early as January 1940, both
the German and Allied high commands recognised the strategic importance of
Norway. From the Allies perspective, it was vital to the Allied sea lanes as
well as effectively cutting off Germanys supply of iron ore from northern
Sweden. From the German perspective, controlling Norway would provide a base for
their northern fleet.
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