BOOK REVIEW | Narvik and the Allies – The Polish Brigade at Narvik 1940


By Evan McGilvray

The Allied Narvik campaign coincided, more or less, with the German invasion of Norway in April 1940. While it failed in its primary objective of gaining a permanent chokehold on Nazi iron ore shipments from Sweden, it had the very useful unintended consequence of effectively neutering the Nazi High Seas Fleet.

What is generally little known but is highlighted in this first rate book was the very important role played by French led Polish troops in the dramatic campaign. While early in the war and although many mistakes were made, it was the first of many combined Allied operations and showed how they could best be carried out.

The author is right across the detail and describes the venture very well. He also very effectively places its outcomes in the correct historical perspective.

Available from Helion & Company, Solihull, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.