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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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True scale of scorched earth evacuation effort emerges with hotel manager Hansen key man

One of the incredible stories told in my book ‘Fire and Ice’ about the scorched earth burning and evacuation of northern Norway in 1944 is of the flood of refugees descending on the city of Tromso. Some forgotten details of … 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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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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Lingering traces of war on a walk round Kirkenes

Wherever you go in Kirkenes the war isn’t very far away, even though seven decades have passed. My hotel, the Rica Arctic, sits on one side of a bleak town square lined with featureless 1950s era block-built shops. Walking 100 … Continue reading

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Scorched earth stories from Kirkenes

Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny in Kirkenes, 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle, four miles west from the Russian border. I opened the curtains of my room at the Rica Arctic Hotel in the centre of town to … Continue reading

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