Category Archives: traumatic story

Some thoughts from the inside on the writing of ‘Fire and Ice’ for The Right Word

I spent a couple of hours one day this week talking about my Norwegian scorched earth book ‘Fire and Ice’ with a friend who’s starting out writing a new blog called The Right Word. My friend lives in Philadelphia and … 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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Dark secrets and death camps: in the footsteps of the doomed at the Lyngen Line

I woke up to rain and dark clouds on my second day in the Lyngen Alps, a beautiful if brooding region of mountains and fjords where busloads of tourists flock each year to see the Northern Lights. That sense of … Continue reading

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Coastal bunker in ‘Paradise Lost’ reveals dark chapter of Soviet PoWs in Nazi-held Norway

If I had 100 Norwegian kroner (about £10) for every wartime bunker I’ve been to in the past fortnight, I would be a rich man. If nothing else, I am struck by the immense project to militarise Norway that went … Continue reading

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Storm forces switch to ocean wave for meeting with Finnmark’s famous film-maker

Things have gone a little wrong with my plans due to bad weather, but good things have come out of it. I’m sitting at the dockside of a picturesque fishing village at 6am on a Sunday morning having just alighted … 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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