Category Archives: Scorched Earth

Praise for ‘Fire and Ice’ from scorched earth eye witness .. and getting ready for US publication

There’s another visit from my postman, this time bringing a Christmas card from another of my contributors to my scorched earth book ‘Fire and Ice’. This time it is from Gunnar Jaklin, the founder of the Tromso Defence Museum and … 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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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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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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