Norwegian Armed Forces in exile

Norwegian Armed Forces In Exile

Norwegian Armed Forces in exile

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The Norwegian Armed Forces in exile were remnants of the armed forces of Norway that continued to fight the Axis powers from Allied countries, such as Britain and Canada, after they had escaped the German occupation of Norway during World War II.

Background

Norway was neutral in World War I and tried to remain neutral in World War II. Although it was attacked several times by the belligerents, neutrality was maintained until the beginning of 1940.There were many moves to purchase equipment in the run up to WWII including several orders for English, German and American planes.

Occupation of Norway

The RNoN (Royal Norwegian Navy) entered into the war after it was attacked on April 9, 1940 and managed to delay the German invasion of Oslo so that the King of Norway, the Royal family and the government managed to flee to the United Kingdom.World War II. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved November 18, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: On June 7, 1940 thirteen ships, five aircraft and 500 men from the Royal Norwegian Navy followed the King to the United Kingdom and continued the fight from bases there.

The Germans occupied Norway until the German capitulation on May 8, 1945.

Exiled forces

Army

Unlike the Navy and Air forces the army was not able to easily escape, and many remained in Norway after the German invasion. These men would form part of the Norwegian resistance forces during the rest of the war until...
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