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9th April 1940

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Events On This Day

Operation Weserübung was the code name for Germany's assault on Denmark and Norway, Germany invaded Norway and Denmark under the pretext of taking over their protection. Attack on Norway began about midnight on Monday, landings being made at various points on the coast. There was resistance and sharp fighting took place in the air and along the coast. Oslo occupied in afternoon. Narvik, Bergen, Trondheim and other ports also reported to be in German hands.

Norwegian government moved to Hamar.

German set up a puppet government in Oslo.

Denmark submitted under protest. German troops occupied Copenhagen at daybreak.

In reply to German demands, Sweden, stated that she would maintain strict neutrality.

The British foreign office broadcast at noon announcing that Allied governments would extend full naval and military aid to Norway

HMS Renown was engaged by the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.

German steamer Amasis was torpedoed off the West coast of Sweden.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out a series of attacks against Kriegsmarine cruisers off Bergen, and damaged two.

Karlsruhe Light cruiser
Sunk 9 April 1940

Blücher Heavy cruiser
Sunk 9 April 1940

R46 R-boat
Launched 19 April 1940

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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