Invasion of Denmark and Norway

World War II: Blitzkrieg

Europe 1940.0421

Invasion of Denmark and Norway

World War II in Europe from the fall of Poland to Stalingrad (21 April 1940)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

For over six months after the invasion of Poland, no major land fighting occurred in the West - leading to claims that this would be a 'Phoney War'. Then in April, Germany suddenly invaded Denmark and Norway. The Allies, who had been preparing to land in Norway themselves to belatedly aid the Finns against Russia, were caught by surprise. It was a feeling they were going to have to get used to.

Main Events

Moscow Peace Treaty ends Winter War

Germany occupies Denmark

German invasion of Norway

Germany invades and occupies Kingdom of Norway

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