Tag Archives: Soviet Union

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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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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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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‘It was absolutely normal for me to grow up playing with ammunition.’

I’ve come to realise things are a little different in Kirkenes. The older population was driven half-crazy by the bombing and the fear and stress of war, and then the younger generation had their own war: against the other kids. … 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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