Alf R. Jacobsen
Scorched Earth
How Hitler destroyed Lapland

Alf R. Jacobsen tells the spectacular tale about the final, dramatic endphase of the war in the north. This is truly war documentary at its best, vividly described, and based on extensive archive studies, and chilling testimonies from the frontline.
The study of the history of Northern Norway has become increasingly more important for our understanding of the war. Hitler’s focus on Northern Norway as a vital part of his war strategy illustrates what a central part it had to play. When the Germans were forced to retreat during the final, vital throws, the drama, uncertainty and suffering increased further. Especially Hitler’s order to forcibly evacuate has been documented as a dark chapter in history for the population of Northern Norway.

In the year 2000 Alf R. Jacobsen started his modernised documentation of how the war outplayed itself in Northern Norway, based on detailed studies of well-recognized sources, and interviews with survivors. The last couple of years the author has continued investigating archives in USA, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Through his studies he has discovered brand new documents that illuminate new aspects of Northern Norway’s war history, and that last dramatic summer and autumn in 1944. Scorched Earth is based upon Alf R. Jacobsen’s extensive knowledge after 20 years of studying war history.

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)

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Riverton Price (for crime)
SKUP price (journalism)

Edited October 14, 2019 by Vega Forlag