Battle of Narvik

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It was the first allied victory during the second world war,
Set sail from Liverpool
I'm not sure, I believe that their return was to Liverpool. I'm reasonably sure that they left from Scotland.
As Rapace says the 13e DBLE CO only took the name Monclar to avoid reprisals against his family who were left behind under Vichy France. Although again, I'm not sure, but I think he was a Lt Col, at the time.
Saying that, they had the CO and a small party, become separated and had to commandeer a barge and landed in Southampton where they were arrested for a short time by the home guard. To be verified at a later time.
 

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Embarqued at Brest and then went to Liverpool and then on to Greenock to coal up aboard the Providence. Later they transboarded on to the, Monarch of Bermuda
Source : F.S.A.L.E. : histoire : l'épopée de Narvik (part one)
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Embarqued at Brest and then went to Liverpool and then on to Greenock to coal up aboard the Providence. Later they transboarded on to the, Monarch of Bermuda
Source : F.S.A.L.E. : histoire : l'épopée de Narvik (part one)
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History. May-June 1940: the epic of Narvik (1 st part)
April 1940: The Germans control almost the entire Norwegian territory but the Allies supported by the Legion will cut the "iron route" by which the Swedish ore is routed to Germany. Six thousand Germans hold the port and the city of Narvik.
May 1940: The only victorious campaign in this month's shipment of Narvik in Norway, with the main architect 13 e Half Mountain Brigade of the Foreign Legion, the 13 th DBMLE under the command of Colonel Raoul Charles Magrin-Vernerey.

· Embedded in Brest on April 23, the 13 th DBMLE arrives in Liverpool on 25 in the port of Greenock. The Providence needs char but the weekend is sacred. Great Britain goes to war with the slowness of God Save the King determined to change nothing in the British way of life. The 13 th DBMLE leaves Providence to be transhipped on the English liner Monarch of Bermuda. She leaves on the 29th.
· The English have control of the sea but the Germans have control of the air.

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· On May 5, the 13 th DBMLE arrived in Ballangen, on the Haafjeldet peninsula, forward base for operations on Narvik, on May 5, at midnight, in the light of polar day while Colombia, the Chenonceaux and Mexico are heading further north; after transhipment to British destroyers, May 6, and an attack by the Messerschmitt, the art legionaries landed on the Norwegian shore Skannland.
· On May 7, General Béthouart and Colonel Magrin-Verneret took passage aboard the Polish torpedo boat Burza to explore the Narvik fjord. General Bethouart forces his hand to the British: a landing by force will be attempted at the end of the Herjangsfjord peninsula, at Bjervik, where the Germans have entrenched themselves. The objective is to take back the enemy forces which, 20 kilometers to the north, block the advance of the half-brigade of Alpine hunters and several Norwegian battalions on a peninsula in Gretangen.
· A majority of the British and French expeditionary forces had to rush back on board, which led to the fall of Neville Chamberlain and his replacement by Winston Churchill on 10may1940 .
· General Bethouard has the 13 th DBMLE two battalions, a Polish brigade with four battalions and a tank company.
· On May 12, around 10 p.m., the small armada set off and appeared in the Bjervik and Méby fjord, in the twilight twilight.

· At midnight, the guns of warships open fire and the darkness explodes in a roar of apocalypse. The roar and thunder of all the guns of warships fill the fjord. The Germans settled around Bjervik and even in Bjernik. But Bjervik is not a German camp. It is a borough, a locality, with houses full of civilians, men, women and children. The smoke from the fires stands out against the high mountains covered with snow. Wooden houses blaze like torches.
· The British admiral Cork, commander of the British naval forces, and General Béthouart took place aboard the cruiser Effingham. Colonel Magrin-Verneret is on the bridge of the Vindictive cruiser .

"Vindictive" cruiser

· The armored barges rush towards the strike. On board, I / 13 e of Commander Boyer-Resses and some H35 infantry support tanks.
· On May 13, at dawn, the 13 th DBMLE landed on Norwegian soil in eight armored barges and several fishing boats, under the protection of the British fleet. Simultaneously, the 6 th and 14 th BCA attack to the North. Of the five light tanks planned, transported by the Cuirassier Resolution, only H39 by Lieutenant Coloby managed to land as soon as the assault began.
· After an hour, the cannonade was silent and it was the legionaries' turn to attack in the five barges. Despite the bombardment, the Germans defended the shore with fierce resolution and their machine guns immediately hampered the landing craft. Commander Boyer-Resses, drawn up in a boat, without regard for the bullets that sweep the sea, gives his orders to the megaphone, as at the parade. He directed his barges towards hill 46, the screen of which seemed to him to offer relative protection although it was exposed to machine gun fire. But he has no choice. At his signal, the hundred and fifty legionaries of the 1stBattalion leap over the curbs, jump into the sea and quickly reach the shore. Then they advance, folded in half under the bullets. They overthrow the enemy and reform under fire in the direction of Bjervik, their initial objective. Behind them, three tanks finally reach the beach and are engaged in battle.
· Houses in ruins and in flames, come out of the bloody men, women and children screaming in terror; a hundred corpses and more civilians already roasting in the flames. Unfortunate little community, surprised in its sleep by the War monster. The provisional survivors fled distraught on all sides, while the assault of the legionaries progressed slowly. The Germans fall back defending street after street.
· When the first bridgehead is well established, the rest of the 1st Battalion in turn embarks in armored canoes and rushes towards the beach under a fire vault.
· The Germans are entrenched in the village. Bjervik must therefore be removed house by house. After five hours of fierce street fighting to progress melee in the ruins and in flames, in that it houses be removed after each other, with the 1 st company Gelat captain head, 1 er Battalion of commander Boyer-Resses seizes Bjervik and can continue the action towards the north.
· When the 1 st Battalion finally master of the field, 2 e Battalion was brought down facing east. He finds a terribly uneven relief, with more abrupt faults than the map suggested. However, the legionaries of Commander Guéninchault also manage to overcome all resistance. The 2 e Bataillon should continue to grow in the mountains. He took hill 98 and then, during his advance, removed the camp from Elvegaard. The fight is hot because each house is conquered by a merciless fight. Finally the Battalion holds Elvegaard where it frees 80 Norwegian prisoners, captures nearly 500 Germans, seizes a hundred machine guns and important equipment.
· His next goal is to score 220, which stands right in front of '' black, sharp as a ship's prow '' . The legionaries are nailed to the ground before an obstinate resistance. Not for long because the orders are formal: you have to pass.
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At 1:30 p.m., under the protection of machine gun battalion, the 1 st section of the 5 thcompany reaches near the top, despite obstacles and the lethal fire of German automatic weapons. But the raining bullets make approaching it impossible. Captain Amilakvari has his hood pierced with bullets. Soon the enemy yields. There remains only a machine gun high perched on a steep rock, in the middle of the waters, which obstinately bars the passage. Neither machine guns nor grenades launched by the VBs can neutralize it. Three Spanish legionaries detach themselves from the section, climb the embankment with surprising ease and leap towards the machine gun, the fire of which cuts two of them. The third takes off in his turn and, with a stroke of the butt, successively knocks out the servers of the weapon, which he swings in a vacuum. This courageous legionnaire is called Rodriguez;e DBMLE
· Around 17 pm, the connection between the earth and the command is established, the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Magrin-Vernerey finally receives permission from the French general staff of the operation, to join his unit; he landed on Bjervik beach with his staff, his motorcyclists and his scout skiers.
· The camp taking Elvegaard allows 2 e Battalion to clear the road of Meby to Oijord. The corps commander decides to launch a reconnaissance to the end of the peninsula. Lieutenant Lefort's motorcycling platoon is responsible for this mission, supported by a destroyer monitoring the shore. Up to Oijord, progress is slow; the road and smashed and the bridges are destroyed. The enemy seems absent and the town unoccupied. Yet the opponent reacts, but his offensive return to Oijord is strongly repelled by the FM of the peloton.
· During a bombardment, the colonel's CP was particularly targeted: Captain Blanc de la CC and the doctor-captain Blancardi were seriously injured.
· During the progression, the 2 e Battalion loses Lieutenant Rene Maurin of the CAB 2 (He was the first officer of the 13 th DBMLE killed in action). On the same day, a non-commissioned officer and five legionaries died in the ranks of the young unit. More Majorum.
· Despite this first success, the British High Command decides to withdraw the troops sent to Norway; the difficulties in supplying this theater of operations, the losses suffered by the Home Fleet and the situation which is emerging on the site of France are the cause. Indeed, the losses in British ships are heavy because of the superiority of the Luftwaffe but also of the U-Boatswhich considerably hamper Allied logistics. In addition, Admiral Cunningham, commander of the naval forces, believes that the taking of Narvik is impossible. General Béthouart insists on trying to take Narvik because the embarkation of thousands of men under enemy pressure would amount to disaster. The English are not very favorable to a new attack. Indeed, the German garrison, strong of 5,000 men under the orders of the famous general Dietl, is reinforced by a thousand sailors, coming from the sunken ships.
· On May 14 , a patrol of the 7 th company of the 2 e Battalion, by a bold hand, destroyed ten German planes based at Lake Hatvigvand whose frozen surface serves as their airfield. But the priority objective remains Narvik, on the other side of the Rombakfjord.
· The legionaries and the alpine hunters make their junction on the road to Gretangen. Hunters from 14 th BCA and Polish units hold the area south of the target. Starting from Ankenes and hill 668, they are responsible for an encirclement operation on the rear of the German positions.
· On May 17, the enemy, whose infantry no longer had the resources to resist effectively, reacted with its air force. One of his attacks on Bjervik crushed under the bombs of the PC commanding officer and the emergency station of the 13 th DB Captain Square LUSANCAY and Lieutenant Herzog were mortally wounded. The 2 nd Battalion lost its leader, Commander Albéric Gueninchault, who had come to report to Ankenes.
· Elsewhere units have twelve legionnaires killed and many injured. Bombings and machine guns are now very frequent. However, the noose tightens on Narvik itself, the main objective of the campaign.
· On May 24, Admiral Cork received a long telegram from the Admiralty of London: "Her Majesty's government has decided that your forces must evacuate Norway as soon as possible. The reason is that the troops, ships, cannons and various materials are imperatively demanded for the defense of the United Kingdom; the Norwegian government has not yet been informed. ''
· On May 26, Admiral Cork informed General Béthouart of this decision. The general obtains from the English to maintain the attack on Narvik and not to abandon the Norwegian army.
· From May 27, Admiral Cork agrees with the British Admiralty a deadline for the evacuation of Narvik sector: on the night of 1 st to June 2.
 

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Amilakvari Dimitri, born 12.11.1906 in Gori, Georgia; prince, great squire of the Crown; in 1917, the Bolshevik revolution forced the survivors of his family into exile; Saint-Cyrien of the promotion of the Rif 1924-1926, in a foreign capacity; the 1 st abroad in 1926; Lt. the 1 st battalion 4 e REI Marrakech 1929-1936; it stands out in the columns of the High Atlas; two quotes; for four years, he commanded the 3 rd company of the I / 4 th REI Appointed captain in January 1937, he was assigned to the 1 st Foreigner; captain, commander of CAB 2 of the 13 thDBMLE in Norway in May-June 1940; back from Norway, he chose Free France; Captain, commander of the cabinet 1 of the 14 th DBMLE in July 1940; then commander of the 2 nd Battalion of the 13 th DBMLE; in June 1941, he avoided a direct confrontation with the 6 th REI in July 1941, after the fighting in Syria, lieutenant-colonel, corps commander of the 13 th DBLE; first head of corps in a foreign capacity; hero of the battles of Bir-Hakeim in May-June 1942; Companion of the Liberation by decree of September 9, 1942; killed in action on 24.10.1942 on the djebel el-Himaimat, south of El-Alamein, in Egypt.Knight of the Legion of Honour. 1939-1945 War Cross with 4 palms. TOE War Cross with two citations. This young chief of 36 years showed for death the disdain and contempt of a great lord. A promotion of Saint-Cyr, 1954-1956, bears his name.
· He used to say: "We foreigners, we have only one way to show our gratitude to France, to die for it".


Belsa Clément, born 23.11.1914 in Fuentespalda in Spain; legionnaire in the 2 nd company of I / 13 e DBLE; MpF 13.05.1940, in Bjerkvik in Norway.


Beltran Basilio, born on 14.04.1916 in Alcenar, province of Tarragona, in Spain; legionnaire at the 13 th DBLE; MpF 13.05.1940, died in a hospital following his injuries by shrapnel, in Bjerkvik in Norway.




Béthouart Marie Emile Antoine, born on 17 .12. 1889 in Dole in the Jura ; he entered the military school of Saint-Cyr , promotion of Fez, in 1909 and left in 1912 as a second lieutenant . He participated in the Great War in the infantry. Three times wounded and three times cited, he was made a knight of the Legion of Honor . He served in the Alpine troops from 1925 to 1928 where he was a professor at the mountain study center, then he commanded the 24 th battalion of Alpine hunters in garrison atVillefranche-sur-Mer . Colonel, commander of the 5 th demi-brigade of Alpine hunters; Generally, controlling the 1 st division hunters; head of the expeditionary force in Norway in May-June 1940; in June 1940, after the dispatch of Narvik, he left England with Legionnaires of the 13 th DBMLE for Morocco, choosing the path of "obedience", where he was appointed commander of the subdivision of Rabat and of the Casablanca division in 1942 . Despite everything, he organized the Allied landing aid on November 8, 1942, during Operation Torch . He was then arrested and brought to court martialby Charles Noguès , the general resident of France in Morocco . Released four days later, he was promoted to the rank of general of the division ; He then accompanies the head of Free France during his trips. Commander 1 st board of the 1 st Army in July 1944, he participated in the campaign in France , the liberation of Alsace and the invasion of Germany and of Austria , where he was given command in chef before becoming High Commissioner from 1946 to 1950 , with 5 stars from1948 He left active duty and became Senator of French living outside France He died on 17 .10. 1982 in Fréjus and is buried in Rue , in the Somme . It gives its name to the 2000-2003 promotion of the Saint-Cyr special military school .


Blanc, captain commanding the 13 th DBMLE command company ; seriously injured on 17.05.1940 in Bjervick in Norway.


Blancardi, captain-doctor of the 13 th DBMLE; seriously injured on 17.05.1940 in Bjervick in Norway.


Boyer-Resses, the 4 th REI since 1932. battalion commander, chief of 1 st Battalion of the 13 th DBMLE Narvik in May-June 1940. In July 1940, he returned to Morocco with legionaries who do not join the France free.


Carre de Lusançay François, born 24.01.1909 in La Roche sur Yon in Vendée; Captain, head of the 1 st office in the headquarters of the 13 th DBMLE; killed in action on 17.05.1940 in Bjervik in Norway.
 

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Cazaud Alfred, born 23.09.1893 in Montferrier in Ariège; hired at 18 at the 14 th RI, sergeant then aspirant on 08.08.1914 after a brief stint at the officer school of Saint-Maixent; he finished the 1 st World War as captain, with 4 citations and injury; a year in Saint-Maixent; assigned to Morocco then to Tunisia; battalion commander in 1934; assigned to the Foreign Legion in 1938; chief of staff of the 13 th DBMLE in March 1940, at the battle of Narvik, then of the 14 th DBMLE in July 1940 in England; lieutenant-colonel, corps commander of the 13 thDBLE from September 1940 to September 1941, in Eritrea. It stands out when taking Massaouah on 04.04.1941. Companion of the Liberation on 06.23.1941. Colonel on June 25, 1941. In September 1941, after the fighting in Syria, he took command of Lebanon; Brigadier General in October 1941, commanding the 2 th Light Division in Syria and in April 1942, he commanded the independent brigade in Libya. In August 1942, he returned to Lebanon until February 1945; controlling the 36 thDI at the head of which he ended the war in Germany, with the rank of general of division. In 1946, he chose to go to the reserve and retire to the Tarn. Grand officer of the Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 with 4 citations and 1939-1945 with 3 citations. Died 05.04.1971 in Rigautou in the Tarn.


Coloby, lieutenant of a tank company accompanying the 13 th DBMLE; only its tank H 39 was brought down on 13.05.1940 in Bjervik in Norway.


Gelat, typical officer of the old Legion in Morocco; captain commanding the 1 st Company of the 13 th DBMLE Narvik in May 1940.


Guéninchault Albéric, born on 09.06.1886 in Louin in Deux-Sèvres; ten citations won during the First World War and during operations in Syria and Morocco; promoted to battalion commander in 1935; commanding the 7 th then the 1 st battalion of the 1 st Foreigner; Head of the 2 e Battalion of the 13 th DBMLE; killed in action at Ankenes in Norway on 17.05.1940.


Herzog Oscar, born 15.01.1901 in Steinbach Hallenberg in Germany; lieutenant at 13 th DBMLE; killed in action on 17.05.1940 in Bjervik in Norway.


Lefort Jacques, born on 26.12.1913 in Arras; received at Saint-Cyr, he left second lieutenant in 1935; he chooses the Foreign Legion; for 2 years at the 1 st Foreigner; Lt. in 1937 3 e Foreign; on May 5, 1940, at the head of his motorcycling platoon of the 13 th DBLE, he disembarked at Narvik. Hurt June 6, he received his 1 st quotation. He left Narvik last after having blown up the bridge and the ammunition depots. Appointed Captain, he joined the Shock Battalion at Staouéli in October 1943. Corsican campaign; commanding the 2 ndcompany; then it is Elba where he is wounded again; commanding the Shock battalion from October 25 to victory; appointed commander on 25.06.1945 ; at Dalat, he commanded the Vietnamese Saint-Cyr; lieutenant-colonel parachutist, commanding BETAP in Pau in 1954; member of Jacques Chaban-Delmas' cabinet in 1957, he obtained command of the 2 nd REP from April 7, 1958 to March 30, 1960; colonel on August 31, 1958., commanding the Guelma sector ; General, inspector of the Foreign Legion in 1962-1964. General of the corps, he commanded the 1 st CA in Nancy from March 1972 to 26.12.1973; died in Hyères in the Var on 07.06.1974; legionnaire, Shock, paratrooper. An officer, a man.


Maurin René, born on 08.03.1910 in Nice in the Alpes Maritimes; mate, section chief in the CAB 2 2 e Battalion 13 e DBMLE; shot dead in the head in Bjervik, Norway, 13.05.1940.


Monclar, Magrin-Vernerey Raoul Charles, born 07.02.1892 in Budapest where his father is a diplomat; Saint-Cyrien in 1912-1914; on 05.08.1914, he was assigned to the 60 th RI; he ended the war as captain, six times wounded and 90% reformed, knight of the Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with 11 citations including 7 to the order of the army; assigned to the army of the Orient; two new quotes. On 01.03.1924, he joined the Foreign Legion which fascinated him from his youth. Within 3 e REI, he participated in the Rif war and pacification of Morocco until 1927. Transferred to the Levant, it is reducing the Druze looters. In October 1931, battalion chief, he found the Legion: 2 nd REI in Morocco, then 5 thREI in Tonkin. In 1938, he commanded the center of Saïda. Lieutenant-colonel on June 25, 1938, he was transferred to the 4 th REI Chef de corps of the 13 th DBMLE in Narvik: he joined Free France in June 1940; commander of the Free French Brigade of the East in late October 1940; hero of the Foreign Legion; Father Legion, he inspected the 1 st Parachute Company of the Foreign Legion, in Indochina, on May 13, 1948; he returned to service in 1950 to go and command the French Battalion of Korea; General Division Deputy General Commander X eRM in Algeria from June 1946 to December 1947; Algeria then begins to send troops to the Far East. In 1950, general of Corps, he abandoned his stars: lieutenant-colonel, he commanded the Korean Battalion. President of the Elders of Korea in 1958. In 1962, he was appointed governor of the Invalides. Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor; Military medal; Companion of the Liberation; Croix de Guerre 1914-1918, 1939-1945 and TOEs, seven times injured, 22 times cited. Died 03.06.1964 in Val de Grâce.
Barely back to France with 500 of his men, he joined the Free French Forces in England on 21 June 1940 and adopted the name de Monclar (from the village name of Monclar-de-Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne).[4] He was soon promoted to the rank of Colonel.


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armyworm 1 st section of the 5 th company of the 2 e Battalion of the 13 th DBMLE On 05/13/1940, it neutralizes a machine gun perched high on a rock steep side of 220 in the Narvik area. His action earned him the first Military Medal of the 13 th DBMLE
 

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Wasn't Mark in the premier company? Anyway, i posted it for him
Yes he was.
Concerning the Narvik expedition, would it not have been better to have just posted the URL, as it is limited to 10 000 words a time. As fro Monclar he was promoted after the Narvik expedition, not that it makes any difference.
 

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It was after the Norwegian fiasco that Chamberlain resigned... Parliament wanted Halifax to take over but he refused. Churchill steps in and becomes Prime Minister
L' Opportunist!
 

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It was after the Norwegian fiasco that Chamberlain resigned... Parliament wanted Halifax to take over but he refused. Churchill steps in and becomes Prime Minister
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No mate, I can't agree with you on that one. Winston Churchill took over as PM on 10th of May '40. Narvik, and the retreating Germans to the Swdish border was still going strong at the time. In fact the Narvik campaign became the allies first victory.
 

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B.S....britain with drew for home defense reasons and with out consulting the Norweegies...or even less the French
 

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The first Allied victory
Yesterday and today mark the anniversary of the recapture of Narvik – the first Allied victory during World War II. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Regent attended the 75th anniversary event today.
28.05.2015
The battle for Narvik was the first time that British, French, Polish and Norwegian forces fought together. And they won. The recapture of Narvik on 28 May 1940 was the first major defeat of the war for Nazi Germany.
Historians have claimed that the recapture of Narvik convinced Hitler to change his plans to invade Great Britain the same year. Lessons learned from Narvik were also an important factor in the Allies’ planning of D-Day in 1944.
Representatives of all four nations attended the commemoration. Germany was also represented by the German Ambassador to Norway.
The battle for Narvik
Narvik was captured by German troops on the morning of 9 April 1940. Their objective was to gain control of the iron ore that was shipped out from the Kiruna mine – a critical resource for the German arms industry. The Norwegian 6th Division fought the Germans under the command of Major General Carl Gustav Fleischer, and after some time received support from the British Navy and French and Polish troops. They recaptured Narvik on 28 May 1940.

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10 May 1940

Churchill becomes Prime Minister. Friday 10 May 1940 was one of the most dramatic days in British history. The government was in disarray as Winston Churchill became PM and, on the continent, Germany ended the Phoney War by invading the Low Countries.
 

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