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  • Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    World War II

    Operation Wilfred

    Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    Operation Wilfred was a British naval operation during the Second World War that involved the mining of the channel between Norway and her offshore islands to prevent the transport of Swedish iron ore through neutral Norwegian waters to be used to sustain the German war effort. The Allies assumed that Wilfred would provoke a German response in Norway and prepared a separate operation known as Plan R 4 to occupy Narvik and other important locations. On 8 April 1940, the operation was partly carried out, but was overtaken by events as a result of the following day′s German invasion of Norway and Denmark (Operation Weserübung), which began the Norwegian Campaign.




  • Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    World War II

    Norwegian campaign

    Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    The Norwegian campaign was an attempted Allied occupation of northern Norway, during the early stages of World War II. Resulted evacuation of the Norwegian government and the royal family, establishment of the Norwegian armed forces from the exile. The 62 days of fighting made Norway the nation that withstood a German land invasion for the second longest period of time, after the Soviet Union.




  • Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    German forces invaded Denmark and Norway

    Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    On 9 April, German forces invaded Denmark and Norway. On the same day Hitler proclaimed the birth of the Greater Germanic Reich, his vision of a united empire of Germanic nations of Europe in which the Dutch, Flemish, and Scandinavians were joined into a "racially pure" polity under German leadership.




  • Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    World War II

    Operation Weserübung

    Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    In April 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway to protect shipments of iron ore from Sweden, which the Allies were attempting to cut off. The operation lasted from 9 April to 10 June 1940.




  • Sweden
    Wednesday Apr 10, 1940

    Harald V

    Escaping To Sweden

    Sweden
    Wednesday Apr 10, 1940

    In 1940 the entire royal family had to flee Oslo because of the German invasion. It was deemed safer for the family to split up. The King and Crown Prince Olav would remain in Norway and the Crown Princess was to make her way to Sweden with the three children. The latter party reached Sweden on the night of 10 April. but although Crown Princess Märtha was Swedish-born, they encountered problems at the border station.




  • Frötuna, Sweden
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1940

    Harald V

    Moving To Prince Carl Bernadotte's Home

    Frötuna, Sweden
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1940

    Harald spent the following days in Sälen before moving to Prince Carl Bernadotte's home in Frötuna on 16 April.




  • Drottningholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 26, 1940

    Harald V

    Moving to Drottningholm

    Drottningholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 26, 1940

    On 26 April the group moved to Drottningholm in Stockholm.


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