Norwegian navy discover British World War II destroyer

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  1. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    I read this http://www.expatica.com/de/articles/news/Norwegian-navy-discover-British-World-War-II-destroyer--.html

    and

    wondered why I'd never head of that battle before, so wiki'd here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Narvik

    Quite interesting, a lesson about having an AIM in here and good news for the RN (generally). You can tell why the Germans feared the RN and chose not to invade the UK too.
     
  2. It was the first battle that 49 (West Riding) Divison was involved in, the div did not deploy fully, just two infantry bde's on return the division was shipped to Iceland and subsequently adopted the polar bear badge.
     
  3. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    I've worn that badge for a few years..
     
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  5. Were the York & Lancasters involved in this Op?
     
  6. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    Was this declaration thing common? How coem they werent just shipped off to a POW camp?
     
  7. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    I've heard of them before, sounds terribly decent for both sides to respect it. I might add that I think Adolf was still hoping that the UK wouldn't pursue the war as it did. Total War was not a factor until much later.
     
  8. Fm TA 100 site

    16 April 1940 146 Brigade from 49th (West Riding) Division lands at Namsos in Norway
    18 April 1940 148 Brigade lands at Aandalsnes in Norway
     
  9. Yes but I'm not sure if they wore if the wore the Hallamshire Rifles badge or the Yorks and Lancs (like its sister Bn in 46 (North Midland) Div. 6th I can check with some ex-hallams if needed.


    146th Infantry Brigade

    (1939-1945)

    *
    o 4th Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment
    o 1/4th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
    o The Hallamshire Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment

    148th Infantry Brigade

    (1939-Apr 1940)

    *
    o 1/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment
    o 1/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters
    o 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters
    o 2nd Battalion The South Wales Borderers