Category Archives: Hopseidet

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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‘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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Oslo’s solid stone reveals what Finnmark lost in the scorched earth flames: its history

I have reached the Norwegian capital, Oslo, which signifies the end of my research trip gathering interviews about the destruction and devastation caused by the scorched earth withdrawal of the German Army from northern Norway in 1944. From October 1944 … Continue reading

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Still crying for her mother and father: 70 years and Hopseidet remains raw

The wind is gusting gale force and whips the door of my borrowed old Mitsubishi Galant out of my hands as I get out to greet the man who will translate my next encounter, Alf Helge Jensen, deputy editor and … Continue reading

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Berries and borrowed cars feels so far from the days of scorched earth

The tiny fishing village of Mehamn clings to the Arctic coast of Norway east of Hammerfest. It’s a place for the hardy, subject to gale force blasts and driving rain in summer and unimaginably low temperatures due to wind chill … Continue reading

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