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  • 20th Mountain Army sent from Norway to the Western Front

    The Germans had 400,000 men in Norway in 1944.

    WI Hitler, instead of being obsessed with an Allied invasion of Norway, had thrown 300,000 into the Western Front?

    Would it have made any difference to eg Normandy, Arnhem, the Battle of the Bulge and Westwind?

    If that kind of additional Ma Deuce-fodder is to hand at the beaches, Normandy becomes touch & go, 82nd & 101st are mauled and none of 1st Airborne make it back from Arnhem, and Bastogne and Strasbourg would've fallen. The war ends in June 1945, with some Soviet inroads in to Norway.



    Or maybe sending the Gebirgstruppe to Italy, freeing up the Green Devils?
    Last edited by Mifletz; 05 Jun 14, 16:28.

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    A big part of the problem is moving them from Norway. Germany is short on shipping so it is likely that they would be shipped piecemeal to Denmark or Germany and then have to reassemble.
    Also, the troops assigned are not the cream of the crop by any means.

    Had they been shipped back before Normandy, the Allies would have taken it into their calculations and it would have made no difference.

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    • #3
      The number of troops in Norway, say 6.6.44, is strickly down to the fact that Germany's only main export partner was Sweden. Germany really needed those exports.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mifletz View Post
        The Germans had 400,000 men in Norway in 1944.

        WI Hitler, instead of being obsessed with an Allied invasion of Norway, had thrown 300,000 into the Western Front?
        A bit over 100,000 were actual field combat formations. Others were static or fortress units or security units, Naval units and naval base personnel servicing the ships, and air force units serving the bases for the 300 odd aircraft in Norway & Denmark.

        A portion of those were supporting the fight against the Red Army that was approaching the Norwegian border. Withdraw too much and you have them attacking further into Norway.

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        • #5
          The 560th VG in the Ardennes was transferred in from Norway. Their artillery was ex-Norwegian 75mm guns for which they had only a few rounds each.
          The troops were poorly trained too.

          http://www.wwiiarchives.net/servlet/.../page/1592/7/0

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          • #6
            THe Allies actually did have some plans for invading Norway, they were cancelled.
            But, take those men out of there and maybe they would have gone forward.

            If they had, it would be in the books as another of Hitler's blunders.
            "Why is the Rum gone?"

            -Captain Jack

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            • #7
              It was probably the right decision to keep the troops in Norway. Germany would still have been defeated on the Western Front regardless of if they had more troops or not. They needed to keep Norway to ensure Swedish exports and tranporting troops the western front would probably leave Norway ripe for an allied invasion.

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