Alf R. Jacobsen
The Battle of Narvik

The big movie Kampen om Narvik premieres on Christmas Day 2021. A star-studded cast with director Erik Skjoldbjærg behind the camera delivers one of the most expensive productions in Norwegian film history. The action in the film takes place with an extremely dramatic backdrop – the German attack on Narvik on April 9th, 1940.

In the book The Battle of Narvik, author Alf R. Jacobsen explains the major political game about Norway and the war-important transport of iron ore from Narvik. In a few hours, the ore city is put in the focus of the world while the armed forces bark together. First at sea, then with extensive land operations. The battles are intense, and the losses are great on both sides. With the sinking of the decommissioned armoured ships Norway and Eidsvold, neutral Norway will really get a taste of the effects of ruthless modern warfare.

With his unique source work and his historical insight, the author has once again proved that he is able to convey both the broad lines and the individual's place in the great drama. The Battle of Narvik addresses the historical backdrop to Nordisk Film's major investment.

The book is an edited edition of Attacks at Dawn (2012) and Bitter Victory (2013).
The script is adapted to the film's timeline and content.

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

Dangerous waters

Narvik 1940

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)

Foreign rights

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Riverton Price (for crime)
SKUP price (journalism)

Edited October 04, 2021 by Vega Forlag