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They watched their sons, their brothers, and their husbands enlist to struggle a growing to be threat around the seas. And whilst their kingdom requested, they replied the decision in addition. Virginia longs to discover a function past others expectancies. Helen is pushed through a loneliness cash can't satisfy. Rosa is eager to flee her in-laws principles. Jean hopes to end up herself in a man's global. lower than the typhoon clouds of destruction that threaten the USA throughout the early 1940's, this not going amassing of girls will adventure existence in occasionally starling new methods as their ideals are challenged and so they fight towards a brand new realizing of what love and sacrifice really suggest.

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In response to Gbring's desire to secure Danish airfields, the scheme called for the occupation of Denmark as well as Norway. German forces were to cooperate in a surprise assault from sea and air aimed at seizing eleven ports along a 1,000-mile front from the Danish capital of Copenhagen to the Norwegian city of Narvik, well above the Arctic Circle. At Raeder's suggestion, Weser Exercise was scheduled for the period of the new moon to guarantee dark nights for naval transit, and for early April, late enough to ensure that Germany's Baltic ports would be free of ice.

But now the navy faced a race against time to get its warships headed home before they could be bottled up in the various fjords by a suddenly aroused British Home Fleet. The Hipper, for one, started moving southward from Trondheim on April 9, and that night barely escaped detection by a powerful Royal Navy flotilla of three battleships, an aircraft carrier, and three heavy cruisers. The Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau also sped for home early. Thanks to the opportune arrival of foul weather that concealed them, they were able to elude a force of no fewer than ninety-two RAF bombers.

They joined with the infantry in resisting the advance of a combined force of British, French, and Polish troops bent on retaking Narvik. The Allies succeeded in occupying the port on May 27, but Dietl's troops hung on grimly in the mountains nearby. When the Allies, deeming their position untenable, abandoned Narvik on June 8, the Germans marched back into the port. Elsewhere, Allied landings aimed at recapturing Trondheim and other German footholds were plagued by a lack of coordination, and none succeeded.

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