Maundy Thursday is 80 years since Norway was invaded by Germany, but there will be no public markings of the day.
At the 75th anniversary of the invasion in 2015, the then Defense Minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) and Defense Chief Haakon Bruun-Hanssen were at the Oscarsborg Fortress in the Oslofjord, where the German warship Blücher was sunk on April 9, 1940, not this year.
– “Initially, no marking was planned for the day, since it falls on Maundy Thursday. But we don’t know if there will be anything later either. It depends on whether the authorities allow it,” says marketing manager Gry Larsson at the fortress.
Perhaps the most talked about place in the history of the invasion of Norway is in Oscarsborg, located at Drøbak. In the early hours of April 9, there, they first got sight of the Blücher. Colonel Birger Eriksen chose to open fire, sunk the ship and caused a delay in Germany’s invasion plans, which was probably enough for the King and the government to get to safety.
No marking of the Allies’ first victory
The sinking of Blücher was important at the beginning of the invasion, but beyond the spring of 1940, the battle for Narvik became an even more important symbol internationally. The toughest fighting on Norwegian soil was fought here, and one of the Allies’ first victories throughout the war came on May 28, when Norwegian and French forces succeeded in recapturing the city from the Germans.
But the mark of the recapture is canceled.
– “We are currently in a serious situation, and it is important that we all take part in the good fortune to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. We therefore regrettably have to cancel the marking on the 28th of May,” said Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (H) in a press release.
Here, too, a smaller selection will be opened later. But only if the situation allows.
Quiet at Akershus fortress
The Ministry of Defense states that they had not planned any markings of the invasion day on April 9. The Defense Museum, located at Akershus Fortress in Oslo, adheres to the digital arena.
– This year there will only be chronicles and posts on April 9 on social media (film cut and photos) for us, writes Ingrid Maria Lutnæs at the Defense Museum at NTB.
Norway was occupied for five years. On the day of release on May 8, it is 75 years since German forces in Norway and the rest of Europe surrendered. Usually, a number of guests, including politicians and veterans, are invited to the celebration at the Akershus Fortress in Oslo.
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