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by Thomas Nielsen

Nielsen, in his own translation from his 1992 text in Norwegian (he taught English as a second language in Norway for 26 years), tells the story of the mountain guerrilla base 40 miles from Bergen where he served during the last year of WWII. This is a personal and vivid account, carefully written and supplemented by photos, but Nielsen has done his research too, providing us with historical details of the Germans in Norway, as well as the larger context of the rest of the Allies in their final push to defeat the Nazis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Download Inside Fortress Norway: Bjorn West, a Norwegian Guerrilla Base, 1944 - 1945 epub
ISBN: 0897452453
ISBN13: 978-0897452458
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Thomas Nielsen
Language: English
Publisher: Sunflower Univ Pr (August 2000)
Pages: 310 pages
ePUB size: 1723 kb
FB2 size: 1327 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 801
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This is a wonderful read! I am a bit biased as my father and his friends are mentioned in the book, but Nielsen makes the efforts of the brave Resistance fighters come alive.
this story tells the story of young men brave enough to stand up to the Nazis by hiding in the mountains and training.
Gripping action.
authentic , without outside interference.
Thomas Nielson's "Inside Fortress Norway" is a superb account of the last months of the Second World War inside a guerilla base of the Norwegian resistance. "Bjorn West" was a place to organize and train resistance fighters against the day of liberation, and was under constant German military pressure. The last half of the book centers on the defense of Bjorn West against a German counterinsurgency campaign while the resistance was attempting to negotiate the surrender of German forces in Norway. Nielson describes the difficulties of life on the run from the German occupation forces in the snow-covered mountains of western Norway. He provides intimate details of the harsh life of the resistance fighters, holed up in small, drafty cabins in the high mountains, dependent upon airdrops of supplies from Great Britain to feed and arm themselves. He also provides a sense of the challenges for the Norwegian resistance of being outnumbered by the German occupation force and of being under some restraints in its actions to avoid provoking retaliatory atrocities by the Germans against Norwegian civilians. What emerges is a vivid portrait of the patriotism and valor of the Norwegians under terrible circumstances, and of their sustaining partnership with the Allied leadership in Great Britain. This book will appeal to students of the Second World War, especially those interested in national resistance, and to those with ties to Norway. The book does presuppose some knowledge of the Second World War and some familiarity with the challenging geography of western Norway. It is a translation from Norwegian and the language can appear awkward in a few places. Nielson includes some wonderful photographs illustrating the terrain and the men with whom he served. I highly recommend this book as a counterpoint to the numerious histories of conventional combat in the Second World War.