Norwegian Army 1940

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Slavomir
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Norwegian Army 1940 numbers

Post by Slavomir » 21 Jan 2008 23:30

Welcome again, gentlemen

I have another difficulty in reading the strenghts of Norwegian Army and Armed Forces in total.

Derry gives 120,000 soldiers in all Armed Forces without breaking it into services/branches. In Polish publications I have found that Army was to have 50,000 soldiers. Unfortunately without giving numbers for Navy.

Can anyone help me here, please? What were the planned numbers of Norwegian Armed Forces? What was the Army share here?

Thank you in advance

Slavomir

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Post by Gaijinaho » 24 Jan 2008 01:09

A very good website that has loads of information is http://www.orbat.com/site/ww2/drleo/000 ... 000oob.htm

The Norwegian Navy had 5200 officers and men, including those of its Air Service. The Norwegian Air force had 940 officers and men. This information is from Andrew Mollo's "The Armed Forces of World War II", 1981, Orbis Publishing, London England. No figure was given on total numbers for the Army.
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Post by Gaijinaho » 24 Jan 2008 01:10

A very good website that has loads of information is http://www.orbat.com/site/ww2/drleo/000 ... 000oob.htm

The Norwegian Navy had 5200 officers and men, including those of its Air Service. The Norwegian Air force had 940 officers and men. This information is from Andrew Mollo's "The Armed Forces of World War II", 1981, Orbis Publishing, London England. No figure was given on total numbers for the Army.
Later, Bill

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Post by Slavomir » 24 Jan 2008 17:54

In other book about Norwegian Army I have found that during peacetime there were 19 700 soldiers (including 1700 oficers, 2000 NCOs) and there is again the number 50 000 after mobilization :?

Source: T. Konecki "Skandynawia w drugiej wojnie swiatowej", Warszawa 2003

Thanks for the website.

Slavomir

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Re: Norwegian Army 1940

Post by Kelvin » 09 Jun 2019 13:15

Did all six Norwegian divisions were captured by German or all evacuated by Royal Navy. Norwegian Merchant fleet had over 1,000 ship, also enough to carry all troops to England. Anyone know that ? Thank

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Re: Norwegian Army 1940

Post by jwsleser » 10 Jun 2019 20:44

No major Norwegian army formations were evacuated. Note that all six brigades were not fully mobilized and parts of some were overrun while mobilizing. The units east of Oslo were trapped after the German offensive and had no way out. You aren't talking about a large number of troops. Norwegian and Allied resistance lasted long enough that there wasn't much left of the army to evacuate if it was so decided.

Many of the units had either surrendered/been captured or were ordered disbanded once further effective resistance was deemed unlikely. These men needed to return home and care for their families, businesses and farms.

Any ports suitable for evacuation were already under German control/aerial attacks and many merchant ships in Norwegian waters had already been lost. Those 1k of ships were not all in Norwegian waters but spread around the world.

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