Category Archives: Germany

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

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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

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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

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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 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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