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Norway (Situation)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he can make any statement in regard to the position in Norway; and how the situation of our troops there compares with the German garrison still remaining.

The principal aims of Allied policy in Norway have been to restore the legal Norwegian Government, and to control, disarm and evacuate the German forces from Norway. The Norwegian Government has returned and the King is due to arrive in Norway on 7th June. The control and disarmament of German forces in Norway by Allied forces under General Eisenhower's command has proceeded smoothly and has been assisted by the Norwegian Resistance Army. Allied policy has been to collect the German troops into "reservations" and then to disarm them. By 2nd June it was reported that 97 per cent. of the total German forces in Norway had been concentrated into reservations. No Germans, other than certain naval personnel, have yet been evacuated.