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Operation Claymore
Operation Claymore
Operation Claymore
was the code name for a British commando raid on the Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands
in Norway
Norway
during the Second World War. The Lofoten Islands were an important centre for the production of fish oil and glycerine, used in the German war industry. The landings were carried out on 4 March 1941, by the men of No. 3 Commando, No. 4 Commando, a Royal Engineers
Royal Engineers
Section, and 52 men from the Royal Norwegian Navy. Supported by the 6th Destroyer Flotilla and two troop transports of the Royal Navy, the force made an unopposed landing and generally continued to meet no opposition. The original plan was to avoid contact with German forces and inflict the maximum of damage to German-controlled industry. They achieved their objective of destroying fish oil factories and some 3,600 tonnes (800,000 imperial gallons) of oil and glycerine
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North West Europe Campaign
The North West Europe Campaign was the name given by the British Commonwealth armed forces to the two land campaigns they fought on the Western Front during World War II. In Commonwealth military history, "North-West Europe" refers to land, sea and air campaigns and operations in, over or near Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway
Norway
and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
during World War II. It includes many more specific campaigns and/or battle honours. The North-West Europe Campaign of 1940,[1] was part of the Battle of France, and was restricted to the Belgian and French Channel ports. During this campaign, the French Army was responsible for the rest of the Western Front from Luxembourg
Luxembourg
to Switzerland, much of which was defended by the Maginot Line
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Royal Norwegian Navy
The Royal Norwegian Navy
Navy
(Norwegian: Sjøforsvaret, "the naval defence (forces)") is the branch of the Norwegian Armed Forces
Norwegian Armed Forces
responsible for naval operations of the state of Norway. As of 2008[update], the RNoN consists of approximately 3,700 personnel (9,450 in mobilized state, 32,000 when fully mobilized) and 70 vessels, including 5 heavy frigates, 6 submarines, 14 patrol boats, 4 minesweepers, 4 minehunters, 1 mine detection vessel, 4 support vessels and 2 training vessels. The navy also includes the Coast Guard. The Royal Norwegian Navy
Navy
has a history dating back to 955. From 1509 to 1814, it formed part of the navy of Denmark-Norway, also referred to as the "Common Fleet"
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Royal Engineers
The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers (RE), and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army. It provides military engineering and other technical support to the British Armed Forces
British Armed Forces
and is headed by the Chief Royal Engineer. The Regimental Headquarters and the Royal School of Military Engineering are in Chatham in Kent, England. The corps is divided into several regiments, barracked at various places in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and around the world.Contents1 History 2 Significant constructions2.1 British Columbia 2.2 Royal Albert Hall 2.3 Indian infrastructure 2.4 Rideau Canal 2.5 Dover's Western Heights 2.6 Pentonville Prison 2.7 Boundary Commissions 2.8 Abney Level 2.9 H.M
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List Of Allied Attacks On The German Battleship Tirpitz
The German battleship Tirpitz was attacked on multiple occasions by Allied forces during World War II. While most the attacks failed to inflict any damage on the battleship, she was placed out of action for a lengthy period following the Operation Source midget submarine attack on 22 September 1943 and for a short period after the Operation Tungsten aircraft carrier strike on 3 April 1944
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HMS Eskimo (F75)
HMS Eskimo was a Tribal-class destroyer, laid down by the High Walker Yard of Vickers-Armstrong at Newcastle-on-Tyne on 5 August 1936. She was launched on 3 September 1937[1] and commissioned on 30 December 1938. Eskimo
Eskimo
served throughout the Second World War, seeing action in Norway, the Mediterranean, the English Channel
English Channel
and in Burma
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Operation Provident
Operation Provident was carried out during World War II by the Home Fleet of the Royal Navy in the period 22–29 November 1944. The purpose of the operation was to carry out attacks on enemy shipping on the coast of Norway between latitudes 64° 30′ and 69° North. The operation took place under the personal command of the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore, flying his flag in the aircraft carrier HMS Implacable. It is remembered for the destruction of MS Rigel in Norway's worst disaster at sea. The force consisted of two groups, designated Force 7 and Force 8.[1] Force 7 comprised the flagship Implacable, HMS Dido, and six destroyers: HMS Myngs (Captain (D) 23rd Destroyer Flotilla), HMS Scorpion, HMS Scourge, HMCS Sioux, HMS Zephyr and HMCS Algonquin
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Military History Of Finland During World War II
Finland
Finland
participated in the Second World War, twice battling the Soviet Union, and then against Nazi Germany. As relations with the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
changed during the war, Finland
Finland
was placed in the unusual situation of being for, then against, then for, the overall interests of the Allied powers. The first two major conflicts were the defensive Winter War
Winter War
against an invasion by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in 1939–1940, followed by the Continuation War, alongside the Axis Powers
Axis Powers
against the Soviets, in 1941–1944
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HMS Somali (F33)
HMS Somali was a Tribal-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
that saw service in World War II. She was launched in 1937, captured the first prize of World War II
World War II
and served in Home and Mediterranean waters. She was torpedoed on 20 September 1942 in the Arctic.Contents1 History 2 Fate 3 Notes 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] She was built by Swan Hunter
Swan Hunter
& Wigham Richardson, in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. She was laid down on 26 August 1936, launched on 24 August 1937, and commissioned on 12 December 1938. On 3 September 1939, Somali intercepted the German freighter Hannah Böge, 350 miles south of Iceland, and took her as a prize. This was the first enemy merchant ship to be captured during the war.[1] On 15 May 1940, during the Norwegian Campaign, Somali was carrying Brigadier the Hon
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British Army
The British Army
Army
is the principal land warfare force of the United Kingdom, a part of British Armed Forces. As of 2017, the British Army comprises just over 80,000 trained regular (full-time) personnel and just over 26,500 trained reserve (part-time) personnel.[4] Since April 2013, Ministry of Defence publications have not reported the entire strength of the Regular Reserve; instead, only Regular Reserves serving under the fixed-term reserve contracts have been counted.[5] The modern British Army
Army
traces back to 1707, with an antecedent in the English Army
Army
that was created during the Restoration in 1660
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Royal Navy
The Royal Navy
Navy
(RN) is the United Kingdom's naval warfare force. Although warships were used by the English kings from the early medieval period, the first major maritime engagements were fought in the Hundred Years War
Hundred Years War
against the Kingdom of France. The modern Royal Navy
Navy
traces its origins to the early 16th century; the oldest of the UK's armed services, it is known as the Senior Service. From the middle decades of the 17th century, and through the 18th century, the Royal Navy
Navy
vied with the Dutch Navy
Navy
and later with the French Navy
Navy
for maritime supremacy. From the mid 18th century, it was the world's most powerful navy until surpassed by the United States Navy
Navy
during the Second World War
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Nasjonal Samling
Nasjonal Samling
Nasjonal Samling
(Norwegian pronunciation: [nɑʂuˈnɑːl ˈsɑmliŋ], NS; literally "National Union"), was a Norwegian far-right party active from 1933 to 1945. It was the only legal party of Norway
Norway
from 1942 to 1945. It was founded by former minister of defence Vidkun Quisling
Vidkun Quisling
and a group of supporters such as Johan Bernhard Hjort – who led the party's paramilitary wing (Hirden) for a short time before leaving the party in 1937 after various internal conflicts. The party celebrated its founding on 17 May, Norway's national holiday, but was founded on 13 May 1933.Contents1 Pre-war politics 2 During the German occupation 3 Post-war 4 Uniforms and insignia 5 References 6 Further readingPre-war politics[edit] The party never gained direct political influence, but it made its mark on Norwegian politics nonetheless
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Nazi Germany
Coordinates: 52°31′N 13°24′E / 52.517°N 13.400°E / 52.517; 13.400 "Drittes Reich" redirects here
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United Kingdom
The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe
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Norway
Indigenous status:Sami[3]Minority status:[4]Jewish Traveller Forest Finn Romani KvenReligion LutheranDemonym Norwegian (Nordmann)Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy• MonarchHarald V• Prime MinisterErna Solberg• President of the StortingTone W. Trøen• Chief JusticeToril Marie ØieLegislature StortingHistory• State established prior unification872• Norwegian Empire (Greatest indep
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Section (military Unit)
A section is a military sub-subunit. It usually consists of between six and 20 personnel, and is usually an alternate name for, and equivalent to, a squad
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