Today, June 10, 1940: Germany Conquers Norway

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Nach dem Überfall des faschistischen Deutschlands auf Norwegen am 9. April 1940
Deutsche Panzer ["Neubaufahrzeug"] im Hafen von Oslo, unmittelbar nach dem Entladen der Transportschiffe, aufgenommen Mitte April 1940.

On April 10, 1932, 85-year-old Paul von Hindenburg was re-elected to the German presidency, defeating an upstart in the Nazi Party known as Adolf Hitler.

On January 30, 1933, Hindenburg made a huge mistake by appointing Hitler as the new Chancellor of Germany.

On March 22, 1933, Dachau becomes the site of Germany’s first of more than 1,000 concentration camps. Less than two months in office, Hitler began his campaign of horror and genocide.

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On March 25, 1933, Hitler assumes power from Hindenburg, leaving Hindenburg’s presidency as a mere figure head.

On April 7, 1933, Hitler bans all Jews and non-Aryans from working civil service jobs or from practicing law.

On October 21, 1933, amidst protests from other nations over Hitler’s actions, Germany withdrew from the League of Nations.

On April 25, 1934, Germany bans Jews from enrolling in college.

On July 14, 1934, the Nazi party is declared the only legal political party in Germany. Germany passed the Law for the Prevention of Hereditary Diseases, giving them the legal right to sterilize anyone they deemed as unfit parents. They also began euthanizing those deemed ‘defective’ and ‘useless eaters.’

On July 31, 1934, 30,000 Germans are interned at Dachau.

On August 2, 1934, Hindenburg dies and Hitler assumes the presidency and complete control of Germany.

On September 5, 1935, Germany revokes citizenship from Jews and bans them from marrying non-Jews.

On October 25, 1936, Germany and Italy form the Rome-Berlin Axis.

On November 25, 1937, Germany and Japan sign a military pact.

On March 12, 1938, Germany begins their quest for expansion by annexing Anschluss, Austria.

On April 21, 1938, Germany bans Jews from the German economy and begins seizing the assets of Jews.

In September 1938, Great Britain and France agree to the German annexation of Sudenten, Czechoslovakia.

In March, 1939, Germany annexes the remainder of Czechoslovakia. Great Britain promises Poland to help protect them from Germany.

On September 1, 1939, Germany invades Poland.

On September 3, 1939, Great Britain declares war on Germany, followed by France later the same day.

On September 9, 1939, German troops march into Warsaw Poland.

On September 17, 1939, Soviet Union troops invade Poland from the east.

On September 27, 1939, Poland surrenders to Germany and the Soviet Union.

On October 6, 1939, Germany extends peace offer to Great Britain and France, but both nations reject the offer.

On October 16, 1939, Germany launches first airstrike on Great Britain.

On November, 30, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland.

In early 1940, Germany begins sending Gypsies to concentration camps

On April 9, 1940, Germany invades Denmark and Norway. At the time, Norway had declared itself to be a neutral nation. Germany relied heavily on iron ore from Sweden. During warmer months, the iron ore was transported via the railroad, but once winter had set in, the snow made railroad transport difficult to impossible. The only recourse was for Sweden to ship the iron ore through Norway to the coast where freighters would transport it south to Germany.

An incident that took place on February 16, 1940, when Norwegian gunboats allowed a British destroyer to intercept a German freighter of iron ore. Norway’s non-involvement didn’t set well with Hitler, so he decided to invade and conquer Norway in order to secure the shipping route for the vitally needed iron ore.

Denmark’s small military force was no match for the swift and ruthless German forces who just kept rolling straight through Denmark and into Germany.

On April 14, 1940, Great Britain comes to Norway’s aid and sends troops to help stop the German invasion.

On May 10, 1940, Germany invades Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigns under pressure and Winston Churchill is installed as the new Prime Minister.

On May 15, 1940, Holland succumbs to the German invasion and surrenders.

On May 28, 1940, Belgium also succumbs and surrenders to Germany.

On this day, June 10, 1940, Norway is also forced to surrender to the overwhelming power of the German invasion. Germany now controls Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway and Poland and turns their attention to France and Great Britain.


Sources for the above includes: Timeline of Selected Events 1931-1945; A Time-line of World War II; Norway Surrenders to Germany; Norwegian History: World War II; The invasion of Norway 1940; Norwegian Volunteers in the German Wehrmacht in WWII; Invasion of Denmark and Norway; Hitler Runs for President.


Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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