Category Archives: Background Narrative (Monthly)

May 1940 – “Fall Gelb” – War in the West!

In May 1940, the events are picking up speed, not only for my grandfather but for the whole of Europe. And my grandfather is right with the action – starting May 6, 1940, his diary contains almost daily entries. Although the … Continue reading

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April 1940 – Invasion of Denmark & Norway

“Operation Weserübung” As mentioned above, things had changed in April 1940: on April 9, 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway in Operation Weserübung. The military facts: Denmark Presented with a diplomatic note of “surrender or be destroyed”, the Danish government … Continue reading

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January 1940 – Mobilization & Transfer to 4./AR 84

With the occupation of Poland completed, the time between October 1939 and December 1939 is one of relative quietness. The period is known as the “Phoney War” – except for some minor exchanges (and a half-hearted attempt of the French … Continue reading

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