Death at dawn captain warburton lee vc and the battle of narvik april 1940 alf r jacobsen on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers hitlers desperate need for iron ore was the main reason for his attack on norway in april 1940 the battle for narviks ice free harbor soon became a crucial objective for both allied and axis . Death at dawn captain warburton lee vc and the battle of narvik april 1940 by alf r jacobsen stroud eng the history press chicago trafalgar square 2016 . Heroic action in the first battle of narvik norwegian journalist jacobsen offers a well written comprehensive treatment of the opening rounds of the norwegian campaign of 1940 as well as a life of captain bernard armitage warburton warburton lee who received the first victoria cross awarded in world war ii. On 9 april captain warburton lee was ordered to narvik with orders to prevent the germans from landing there he led a force of five h class 1500 ton destroyers armed with four or five 47in guns the flotilla leader hardy and the destroyers hotspur havock hunter and hostile. Death at dawn captain warburton lee vc and the battle of narvik april 1940 in the great and gallant tradition of the royal navy captain bernard warburton lee followed the call of winston churchill then first lord of the admiralty to lead his flotilla into hostile waters through 50 miles of blizzards
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