Battles For Scandinavia: World War II

Front Cover of the Time Life Book Battle For Scandinavia, included in their World War II Series.

Front Cover of the Time Life Book Battle For Scandinavia, included in their World War II Series. On the fringe of a Soviet-occupied forest stronghold in the north of Finland, Finnish ski troopers lie against a snowy hummock with their bayoneted rifles at the ready. Bitter weather and hostile Arctic terrain bedeviled the foreign troops—German, Russian, British and French—who fought with and against the Scandinavians between 1935 and 1945. Chicago: Time Life Books, 1981. GGA Image ID # 1661b27166

Synopsis from Publisher

The four nations of Scandinavia—Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland—hoped to remain neutral in World War II. But the Arctic crest from Petsamo in Finland to Narvik in Norway was rich in iron, nickel, copper and molybdenum—the stuff of arms and armor.

For the Germans, the long Norwegian coast afforded sheltered waters from which Britain and British shipping might be attacked. The airfields of Denmark provided a steppingstone to Norway.

Finland and its gulf offered a passageway between Germany and the Soviet Union. For all these reasons, the major European combatants of the War converged on Scandinavia.

Table of Contents


  1. A War That Winter Brought
  2. The Grab for Norway
  3. A Failed Rescue
  4. The Necessary Alliance
  5. Ordeal in the Crudest Sea
  6. Retreat in the North


  • A Model Scandinavian Hero
  • Spoils for Ghost Soldiers
  • The Swiftest Blitz
  • A Masterpiece of Movement
  • Sweden on the Alert
  • Hard Duty in a Harsh Land
  • A Battle Queen in Exile
  • Return to Desolation


  • Bibliography
  • Picture Credits
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control No.: 81005698
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Personal Name: Elting, John Robert.
  • Main Title: Battles for Scandinavia / by John R. Elting and the editors of Time-Life Books.
  • Published/Created: Alexandria, Va. : Time-Life Books, c1981.
  • Related Names: Time-Life Books.
  • Description: 208 p. : ill. (some col.); 29 cm.
  • ISBN: 0809433974; 0809433966 (lib. bdg.); 0809433958 (retail ed.)
  • Notes: Includes index. Bibliography: p. 202-203.
  • Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 --Scandinavia. Scandinavia --History --20th century.
  • Series: World War II
  • LC Classification: D754.S29 E47
  • Dewey Class No.: 940.53/48 19
  • Geographic Area Code: ev-----
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