This article will be an part of an forthcoming article on the Battle of Narvik
Division - Strength 8/4-40
In East Finnmark (commander: Col. Faye)
In South Varanger
In Troms (commander:
In Ofoten (commander: Col. Sundlo, after 9th April-May. Omdahl)
Fokker C-VD a/c at Tana
Usually they were stationed at Bardufoss and Banak.
These forces were also mobilised:
During the war operations, two new battle groups were formed. These were called ”Brigades”, even If they really never were such. (It was really the British commanders that started using this term) These “Brigades” did however not have more than 50 % of the usual international Brigade strength:
Battalion (Lt.Col. Dahl)
Platoon / Inf. Rgt. 12 (Maj. Böckmann)
commander at the Ankenes region: (from 17th May) Gen. Bohusz-Szyszko.
only Allied tank force present in Norway
Three Battalions from the French “1st. Légerère de Chasseurs Alpins” (arriving 27th April in Foldvik and Skånland), without most of their ski equipment).
Battalions French Foreign Legion, Commander: Col. Magrin-Verneret, the
“13th Legion d´Etranger Demi-Brigade”, arrived 5th May, (1st Batallion:
Maj. Boyer-Resses, 2nd Battalion: Maj. Gueninchaut)
Battalions Polish ”Chasseur de Nord”, the Carpathian “Podhale” Brigade
Two Companies of “The South Wales Borderers”, (landed at Harstad April 14th, and Ballangen 26th April)
“24th (Scots & Irish) Guards Brigade”, Gen. Mackesy. (The Brigade lost all their heavy equipment on May 14th, when Hauptmann Kowalski from” X-Fliegerkorps” got an direct bomb hit with his He 111 on the Polish liner ”Chowdry” (”Chobry”) in the Vestfjord.)
RAF squadron (46th Sqn.) equipped w/ Hurricanes, first at Skånland,
later Bardufoss Arrived 26th May.
These aircraft were transported on the carrier “Glorious” when the Allied retreated; it was shortly after attacked and sunk by “Scharnhorst”
together 25 000 men.
Commanding officer: Gen. Dietl
139 / 3. Gebirgsjäger-Division” (about 2000 men)
Gebirgsjaegers near Narvik.
“1st Battallion / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1” (arriving May 15th as reinforcement)
“Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 137 / 3. Gebirgsjäger-Division” (2 companies, arriving May 21st by parachute after attending a crash course at “Fallschirmjägerschule Stendal”)
About 2500 sailors from sunken German ships (“Marine-Battalion Erdmenger”) A.K.A ”die Gebirgsmarine”) This included the surviving crewmembers of “U64”, who later adapted the “Edelweiss” as their symbol of their next U-boat.
together about 6000 men.
Military losses during the Norwegian Campaign:
1 335 killed (Army and Navy)
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