Alf R. Jacobsen
Dangerous waters
Hurtigruten in the north 1940-45

The ordinary route between Bergen and Kirkenes was exposed to mines and fighting operations, and in the North they gradually chose to use smaller vessels for the dangerous speed. A total of 14 vessels went down during the war, over 700 lives were lost. Already on April 9, 1940, the route was closed, but soon the route had to be re-established, with allied aircraft, warships and submarines as a constant threat.

When Hitler's armored forces attacked the Soviet Union on Sunday, June 22, 1941, Churchill immediately promised to rescue the fighting Red Army. As a first solid expression of the support, a naval force was dispatched from the UK to Murmansk in August of that year - with orders to attack German convoy traffic along the Finnmark coast. In the next few weeks, British and Soviet submarines torpedoed a number of supply vessels on their way to the Eastern Front with troops, weapons and equipment. Civilian shipping in the same area was hit hard, and the lowering of the ships Richard With, Barøy, Haakon Jarl, Ottar Jarl and Vesteraalen with the loss of nearly 300 lives off the coast of West Finnmark in September and October 1941 created a mood of panic and disquiet. Entire families were exterminated. Tens of dozens of women and children perished in some of the most appalling tragedies of the war. This is the story, told by one of Norways best
nonfiction writer.

Alf R. Jacobsen

Alf R. Jacobsen
Fredrik Bjertnes

Alf R. Jacobsen is one of Norway’s leading authors of war documentary, and throughout his career he as has written more than 40 books and movie manuscripts. He is considered a pioneer within Norwegian investigative journalism, and has worked for major newspapers and TV channels, such as VG and NRK. His work has earned him several awards, such as the Riverton Price, the SKUP Price and the Petter Dass Medal. Alf R. Jacobsen was born in Northern Norway, and now lives partly in Norway and partly in Spain.

Other titles

Scorched earth

Blücher – the German Cruiser (Vega Forlag 2010)

The King who said no (Vega Forlag 2011)

Attack at Dawn. Narvik, 9th – 10th April 1940(Vega Forlag 2012)

Bitter Victory. Narvik 10th April – 10th June 1940 (Vega Forlag 2013)

Narvik 1940

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Riverton Price (for crime)
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Edited October 14, 2019 by Vega Forlag