On a grey and snowy morning on 9 April 1940, German destroyers, with thousands of trained mountain troops on board, torpedoed and sank the two Norwegian warships Eidsvold and Norge in Narvik. To everyone’s surprise, Norway was being invaded. “The following five-year Nazi occupation of Norway was more dramatic in northern Norway than further south, even though you wouldn’t guess that based on the media coverage. As an example, 8,500 people lost their lives in the battles for Narvik in 1940. Naturally, the local population is happy to have an institution in town that takes that history seriously,” explains Narvik War Museum’s director, Eystein Markusson.

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