Category Archives: military history

Inside stories from my Norway scorched earth history book ‘Fire and Ice’ in Manchester this weekend

My book tour of northern England and the East Coast of the USA rolls into Manchester this weekend. On Saturday October 17 I’ll be telling stories about the destruction and forced evacuation of northern Norway by the Nazis in 1944 … Continue reading

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‘Fire and Ice’ stories go to Wirral Bookfest and Manchester Historical with plans being made for American talks too

This summer I’ll be taking scorched earth stories from my book ‘Fire and Ice – the Nazis’ scorched earth campaign in Norway’ on the road, giving some illustrated talks to historical societies and at book festivals. It’s a great opportunity … Continue reading

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Stories of war and horror from the north of Norway at Friday drinks in a cosy Norwegian club in London

It was a great honour to be invited by Den Norske Klub in London to talk about my book ‘Fire and Ice’ and to share some of the stories I collected about the scorched earth destruction of the north of … Continue reading

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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

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A copy of scorched earth classic ‘They Burned Our Homes’ drops through my letter box … with a thud…

There is a heavy thud, and a ring on the doorbell. Parcel deliveries are a regular feature of this pre-Christmas period but this delivery is something special. A large cardboard box has landed in my hall. Inside is a copy … Continue reading

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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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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

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