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Horror of Karl Arp cargo ship journey for 1,800 refugees remembered as ‘Fire and Ice’ US tour winds up in Washington

The final stop in my ‘Fire and Ice’ tour of Norwegian America was just outside Washington DC, in the town of Fairfax, Virginia, where the local branch of the Sons of Norway group are based. They have their headquarters in … 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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‘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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My scorched earth history ‘Fire and Ice’ is published tomorrow (October 6th)

The waiting is over…. My book about the scorched earth destruction of northern Norway by the Nazis in 1944 will be published tomorrow (Monday October 6th). ‘Fire and Ice – the Nazis’ scorched earth campaign in Norway’ will be available … 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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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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