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Is the Narvik movie a true story?

January 26, 2023

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Is the Narvik movie a true story? We discuss Netflix’s popular war movie and whether it’s based on real events.

The filmmakers told many stories about World War II, each as traumatic and violent as the last. We are used to films being set in Britain, Germany, France, but as this film is set in Norway everyone is wondering, is it based on a true story?

Narvík is the 2022 war movie directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, on Norway’s involvement in World War II. The story centers on a couple separated by a battle that ends with Adolf Hitler’s first defeat. A Norwegian soldier (Carl Martin Eggesbo) leaves his family to fight the German army while his wife (Kristine Hartgen) translates for German Nazi soldiers because she speaks German, Norwegian and English. A fierce film with action from start to finish, this is a must-watch for any war movie fan.

Is the Narvik movie a true story?

While the romance in the film is fictional, Narvik is based on real history and events. The story behind the true story is fascinating. Specifically how the Norwegian army, with the help of Britain and France, defeated Germany to reoccupy Narvik, albeit for a brief period, as it was the first defeat of Hitler.

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In 1939, Britain and France were already sending aid to Finland, aimed at affecting Germany’s iron ore supply. Winston Churchill had a specific plan (Operation Wilfred) to exploit Norwegian waters to control ore transports and damage Germany’s acquisition of iron.

Due to its strategic location, Norway attracted the attention of Britain and Germany. Narvik was a port town and the main outlet for Swedish ore. Its control therefore became essential. Germany wanted to occupy Sweden and the quickest way to do that was through Norway. It didn’t matter that Norway was strictly neutral, Germany and Britain aimed to invade and occupy the territory. Britain had to do this to have an impact on Germany’s war efforts. Unfortunately, Germany got there first, and that’s when the battle erupted. One of the major downfalls of both countries was their expectation that the locals weren’t going to fight, but they did.

Ultimately, there were three battles at Narvik involving Norway, Germany, Britain, Poland and France over the course of two months, both on land and at sea. Due to the conditions weather, Germany was not equipped for this and withdrew.

As the threats grew, all other countries withdrew, the English and French withdrew from Narvik without consulting the Norwegian government, and on June 8, 1940, Germany retook Narvik, and the Norwegian army was forced to lay down the weapons.

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The film lays out the telling of this story well, with the added tragedy of husband and wife giving an element that most people can relate to.

How many German ships were sunk at Narvik?

While the Germans were victorious on land, the British Naval Force took command at sea. Norwegian troops further posed a danger to the Germans by destroying the Nordal Bridge. Even after all the setbacks, the Germans held on.

The battles were fought at sea and resulted in the sinking of ten German destroyers (50% of their entire kill force), six merchant ships, one submarine and several support ships. In exchange, they sank an aircraft carrier and four Allied destroyers and damaged several others.

Did the British win at Narvik?

The recapture of Narvik on 28 May 1940 was the first major defeat of the war for Nazi Germany, and this battle was the first time British, French, Polish and Norwegian forces fought together and succeeded. It is fair to say that Britain helped massively to recapture Narvik and won the Battle of Narvik.

Who won the Battle of Narvik?

Although only for a short time, the Narvik War is considered Hitler’s first defeat. It was a major breach in his plans and will have shaken him and his tactics. Although it was a smaller battle than most, it certainly had a huge impact. It is unfair to say that only one country won this battle, as I believe everyone involved played a role in ensuring that Germany did not keep Narvik and moved forward with their war plans.

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However, it was a small victory, as the allies left Norway and headed for the Battle of France, and Germany was able to return and be victorious in evacuating the Norwegian government and royal family Establishment of the Norwegian Armed Forces in exile.

It is a true symbolic story of the complexity of World War II and how countries found the best solutions for their own interests. It’s a complex and interesting part of the story and the movie Narvík definitely worth watching to get a sense of what it might have been like in wartime at that time. Remember, the movie is based on this event and not factual.

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