10 Apr 1940

  • At the First Battle of Narvik, 10 German destroyers were attacked in the Ofot fjord by 5 British destroyers. 2 German destroyers, 11 merchant ships, and 1 supply ship were sunk. 2 British destroyers were lost. Both commanding officers, British Captain Bernard Warburton-Lee and German Commodore Friedrich Bonte, were killed in the action. Warburton-Lee was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross and Bonte the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | Narvik | CPC]
28 May 1940

  • Allied forces consisted of British, French, Norwegian, and Polish troops attacked Narvik, Norway across the Rombaksfjord and by land starting at 0015 hours. German aircraft did not arrived until 0430 hours, but they were able to force the Allied fleet to withdraw after damaging cruiser HMS Cairo (killing 10 and wounding 7). At 1200 hours, Allied troops captured the city. German troops withdrew to nearby hills. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | Narvik | TH]
16 Aug 1942

  • Admiral Scheer departed Ofotfjord near Narvik, Norway at 1500 hours, embarking on Operation Wunderland to raid Soviet merchant shipping. A Russian-speaking radio intelligence team was brought on board to help decipher intercepted messages. Admiral Scheer was escorted by destroyer Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt, destroyer Z15 Erich Steinbrink, and destroyer Z4 Richard Beitzen. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | Narvik | CPC]
30 Aug 1942

  • Admiral Scheer arrived at Schemenfjord near Narvik, Norway. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | Narvik | CPC]
31 Aug 1943

  • German submarine U-703 arrived at Narvik, Norway and dropped off four survivors of Russian freighter Dekabrist. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Narvik | CPC]
7 Mar 1944

  • The 7,849-ton German merchant steam ship Lippe, built in 1917 for Norddeutscher Lloyd, was torpedoed by British submarine HMS Sceptre off Narvik, Norway. When her captain beached her, in order to try to save crew and ship, she broke in two pieces and was lost. ww2dbase [Narvik | HM]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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