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Neutrality Guard Or Preparations For War? The Norwegian Armed Forces And The Coming Of The Second World War

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This chapter focuses on the rearmament period from 1937 to 1940. A salient feature in Norwegian war preparations was the urgency attached to the building up of a wide array of war provisions and the improvement of civilian infrastructure that could buttress the armed forces. The more specific issues that will be dealt with are firstly, the Norwegian security and defence traditions and their impact on the development in the 1930s. Secondly, the characteristics of the defence preparations that took place will be dealt with in order to establish to what extent the political and military authorities did take both war fighting and neutral duties into consideration during the first phase. The operational performance of the neutrality guard was put to the test during the second phase and Norway's war-fighting ability was revealed in the third phase.

Keywords: neutrality guard; Norwegian armed forces; second world war



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