Recruiting of Norwegians for the 'Nordland'
Regiment of the 5th SS Motorised Division 'Wiking' begins.
The new recruits of the
‘Nordland’ Regiment give their oath to SS Reichsführer
Himmler in Oslo.
The Bishops of Norway start
the Church’s struggle against the occupying German forces.
On the northern Norwegian
coast, British light naval units and commandos carry out a raid
on the Lofoten islands near Narvik, destroying the port and
oil storage facilities.
A clampdown is made in
Norway against degenerate literature, with large-scale book
burnings being held.
Himmler establishes Norwegian
SS on German lines.
Finland begins a secret mobilisation
of its forces.
The Red Air force launches an a number
of air attacks against Finland's airfields, in the hope of destroying
German aircraft which were believed to be stationed in Finland.
Finland declares war on
the Soviet Union.
The German 20th Mountain
Army launches Operation 'Silver Fox', an offensive to capture
the Soviet port of Murmansk, while the Finnish Karelian Army
activates its offensive towards Leningrad.
Under the pretext of defending the
western hemisphere against Axis incursions, the U.S. 1st Marine
Brigade is landed in Iceland to relieve the British garrison
that has been there since the previous year.
The Finnish Karelian Army
begins an offensive toward Lake Ladoga to the Northeast of Leningrad.
Finland ends diplomatic
relations with Great Britain.
Joseph Terboven declares
a state of emergency in Norway.
All radios in Norway are confiscated.
Anglo-Canadian and Norwegian commandos
land on Spitzbergen, 370 miles north of Norway, to deny the
coal mines to the Germans. They destroy installations and mining
equipment and evacuate the Norwegian population.
Russians evacuate Karelian
Isthmus to Leningrad. The Finnish troops capture Vyborg and
are now only 30 miles North of Leningrad.
Finns refuse to advance
The offensive of the German 20th Mountain
Army in northern Finland to capture the vital Lend-Lease port
of Murmansk, Russia, comes to a halt.
Finland rejects a British
demand to cease fighting the Soviet Union.
Finnish forces capture
the Baltic naval base of Hangö that Finland was compelled
to lease to the Soviets in 1940.
Finnish advance halted on the Northern
Soviet troops evacuate
the last territory in Karelia, taken from Finland in the 1939-1940
A combined services commando
raid on German occupied islands off Norway results in 200 Germans
killed and 16,000 tons of shipping destroyed.