Category Archives: Finnmark

London’s ‘Den Norske Club’ in Mayfair the venue for author’s scorched earth talk on Friday March 6

It’s a great honour for me to be a guest speaker at ‘Den Norske Club’ in London, a social and networking club that’s at the centre of the UK’s Norwegian community. As part of the informal Friday evening drinks event, … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, Finnmark, military history, Nazi, oral history, tactics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Scorched earth update: Bugøynes – the village that escaped the Nazi flames

The number of towns that escaped the flames of the scorched earth retreat by the Nazis from Norway in 1994 can be counted on the fingers of – probably – one hand. The most famous of those places is the … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, Arctic Circle, Finnmark, Germany, Hitler, military history, Norway, Scorched Earth | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The story of the secret love child from the tunnel… there were eleven babies, not ten, but the last one was German.

It’s one of the most famous stories in Norwegian wartime history: the ten babies born in the tunnels of an iron ore mine where 3,000 people sought refuge from the fighting as the Red Army liberated the town from the … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, Arctic Circle, Finnmark, Fire and Ice, Germany, Hitler, Liberation, Nazi, Norway, Scorched Earth, Soviet Union | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SCORCHED EARTH UPDATE: Tireless efforts by reporter and historian put names and faces to Northern Front veterans

The war in the far north of Norway was 70 years ago now, but modern methods are helping identify the men and women who found themselves caught up in it. What’s possible now in a period of almost universal computer … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, Finnmark, military history, Norway, prisoners of war, social media, Soviet Union, World War Two | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scorched earth updates: King of Norway thanks Red Army for liberation from Nazis 70 years ago

The people of the north of Norway marked the 70th anniversary of their liberation from Nazi occupation with a series of commemorations in Kirkenes at the weekend. King Harald of Norway was among the guests, and laid a wreath to … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic Circle, Finnmark, Germany, Liberation, Norway, Russia, Soviet Union, WW2 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 20th Century, Arctic Circle, Finnmark, Hammerfest, kirkenes, Nazi, Norway, Scorched Earth, Second World War, Soviet Union, WW2 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 20th Century, Arctic Circle, coastal guns, Finnmark, Finnmarken, German submarines, Germany, Hammerfest, history, Hitler, Honningsvag, Hopseidet, Housing, Hurtigrute, Nazi, Norway, prisoners of war, Scorched Earth, Second World War, Soviet Union | Leave a comment