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From the Fight of German Destroyers

The early memoirs of the German Navy lieutenant commander Busch,
describing his experiences and observations of the 1940 German military
and naval campaign in Norway, telling of the ships, the men, the battles and more.


  • 408 pages
  • 87 rare b&w photos
  • 4 maps

In good exterior and good interior condition.
Spine and boards lightly soiled/foxed. Gift inscription on front pastedown, name on rear pastedown. Faint foxing to text pages. Otherwise ok with modest traces of use and age.

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 7-1/2" x 4-3/4"  ~1.1 lbs.

by Fritz Otto
Published by Bertelsm. Guters

Background info:
Narvik (Northern Sami: Narviika) is a town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway. Narvik is located on the shores of the Narvik Fjord (Norwegian: Ofotfjord). The municipality is part of the Ofoten traditional region of North Norway, inside the arctic circle. Narvik borders the municipality of Ballangen to the southwest, Evenes to the northwest, Bardu and Gratangen in Troms county to the north, and Norrbotten County (Lapland) in Sweden to the south and east.

The Battles of Narvik were fought from 9 April until 8 June 1940 as a naval battle in the Ofotfjord and as a land battle in the mountains surrounding the north Norwegian city of Narvik as part of the Norwegian Campaign of World War II.

The two naval battles in the Ofotfjord on 10 April and 13 April were fought between the British Royal Navy and the German Kriegsmarine, while the two-month land campaign was fought between Norwegian, French, British, and Polish troops against German and Austrian mountain troops, shipwrecked Kriegsmarine sailors and German Fallschirmjäger from 1st battalion of the 1st Regiment, 7th Flieger Division. Narvik provided an ice-free harbour in the North Atlantic for iron ore transported by the railway from Kiruna in Sweden. Both sides in the war had an interest in securing this iron supply for themselves and denying it to the enemy, setting the stage for one of the first large-scale battles during World War II, since the invasion of Poland.

Prior to the German invasion, British forces had considered Narvik as a possible landing point for an expedition to help Finland in the Winter War or to take control over the Swedish mines. French politicians were also eager to start a second front as far away from France as possible.

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