Category Archives: 20th Century

Scorched earth update: Priceless pictures emerge showing German soldiers receiving the order to burn Finnmark

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of the north of Norway has quite rightly been dominating the media in the region for the past few weeks. Some really amazing stories have come to light along with some excellent pictures taken … Continue reading

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Liberation celebrations planned for weekend in Kirkenes, northern Norway

Armed police will seal off the streets of Kirkenes this weekend for the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the town by the Red Army. On Friday a private jet will bring in the Russian Foreign Minister … Continue reading

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Stories from seventy years ago make the news again – and some of them have never been told

There is a wealth of fantastically atmospheric material coming out of northern Norway at the moment in time for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the north by the Red Army. The town of Kirkenes was bombed repeatedly from … Continue reading

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‘Dear King … ‘ The King of Norway is among the first to receive copies of ‘Fire and Ice’

I have received my copies of ‘Fire and Ice’, my book about the scorched earth destruction of northern Norway, and what a fine job The History Press have made of it. The cover is particularly striking with flames leaping out … Continue reading

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Scorched earth 70th anniversary is marked with exhibitions and talks in Norway’s north

A series of exhibitions and talks are talking place in northern Norway this week in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the scorched earth destruction of Finnmark. And many of the people whose stories are told in my book … Continue reading

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Scorched earth history ‘Fire and Ice’ is ready for publication

This Scorched Earth Stories blog has been quiet for a while because my book – ‘Fire and Ice: The Nazis’ Scorched Earth Campaign in Norway’ – about the wartime destruction of northern Norway by the Nazis has been in production. … Continue reading

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‘Fire and Ice’ goes to print, out in October 2014

My account of the Nazi scorched earth burning of Finnmark and Nord-Troms will be available from October 2014, published by The History Press. It will be called ‘Fire and Ice: the Nazis’ scorched earth campaign in Norway’ and will be … Continue reading

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