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Denmark
German envoy presents ultimatum to Danish government
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy

Weserubung-Sud: German forces invade Denmark
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940

Luftwaffe aircraft attack Vaerlose airfield north of Copenhagen
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

Battalion of German 308th Infantry Regiment lands by ship in Copenhagen harbor
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

German 170th Infantry Division and 11th Motorized Brigade, supported by tanks, cross the border into Jutland
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940

German paratroopers drop at Vordingborg on Zealand and capture Storstrom bridge
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

Elements of German 198th Infantry Division land on Funen Island, securing bridge from Jutland and ferry crossing to Zealand
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

German paratroopers drop and capture Alborg airfield in northern Jutland
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

German troops land by ship at Tyboron and Esbjerg
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

After a brief firefight at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark surrenders
   Invasion of Denmark, 1940

Sweden
German note insists Sweden will not be invaded, must remain neutral, restrict naval activities, maintain telecommunications between Norway and Germany, and continue exports of iron ore
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy

Norway
German envoy presents ultimatum to Norwegian government
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy

Weserubung-Nord: German forces invade Norway
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940

Kriegsmarine cruiser Blucher sunk by Norwegian shore battery in Oslofjord
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Kriegsmarine torpedo boat Albatros damaged by Norwegian shore battery in Oslofjord
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Elements of 324th Infantry Regiment of German 163rd Infantry Division landed outside Oslo by naval group led by Kriegsmarine heavy cruiser Lutzow
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian troops abandon Fornebu airfield outside Oslo as German Me-110 fighters land followed by Ju-52 transports carrying a battalion of 324th Infantry Regiment of German 163rd Infantry Division
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

Additional elements of 324th Infantry Regiment of German 163rd Infantry Division and two companies of 1st Fallschirmjaeger Regiments airlifted to Fornebu airfield
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

King Haakon and the Norwegian government flee as Oslo is occupied
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy
   King Haakon VII

Quisling declares himself head of Norwegian government in collaboration with Berlin
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy
   Norway: Home front and occupation
   Vidkun Quisling

Detachment of German troops lands at Arendal and captures cable station
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Elements of 310th Infantry Regiment of German 163rd Infantry Division landed at Kristiansand by naval group led by Kriegsmarine cruiser Karlsruhe
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Detachment of German troops lands at Egersund and captures cable station
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Sola airfield outside Stavanger captured by a company of German paratroopers
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

Battalions of 193rd Infantry Regiment of German 69th Infantry Division airlifted into Sola and Stavanger
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

Norwegian torpedo boat Aegir sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft off Stavanger
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

Kriegsmarine cruiser Konigsberg damaged by Norwegian shore batteries at Bergen
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Elements of 159th Infantry Regiment of German 69th Infantry Division landed at Bergen by naval group led by Kriegsmarine cruisers Koln and Konigsberg
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

RAF Bomber Command sends 24 aircraft to attack Kriegsmarine warships at Bergen without success
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

Elements of 138th Mountain Regiment of German 3rd Mountain Division landed at Trondheim by naval group led by Kriegsmarine cruiser Hipper
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian coast defense ship Eidsvold sunk by Kriegsmarine destroyer Wilhelm Heidkamp at Narvik
   Battle of Narvik, 1940
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian coast defense ship Norge sunk by Kriegsmarine destroyer Bernd von Arnim at Narvik
   Battle of Narvik, 1940
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

139th Mountain Regiment of German 3rd Mountain Division landed at Narvik and Bjerkvik by Kriegsmarine destroyers
   Battle of Narvik, 1940
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian coast defense ship Harald Haarfagre captured by German forces at Horten
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian coast defense ship Tordenskjold captured by German forces at Horten
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian torpedo boat Balder captured by German forces at Horten
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian minelayer Olav Tryggvason captured by German forces at Horten
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian torpedo boat Odin captured by German forces at Marvika
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian torpedo boat Gyller captured by German forces at Marvika
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian submarine B-5 captured by German forces
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian government belatedly orders full military mobilization to begin 11 April
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy

North Sea
RN battlecruiser Renown and Kriegsmarine battlecruiser Gneisenau damaged in surface engagement off Narvik
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

RN destroyer Gurkha sunk and Home Fleet driven off Norwegian coast by Luftwaffe aircraft
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Air operations

Kriegsmarine cruiser Karlsruhe sunk by RN submarine Truant while returning from Kristiansand to Germany
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

Norwegian torpedo boat Tor scuttled off Frederikstad
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

German cargo ship Amasis sunk by RN submarine Sunfish in the Skagerrak
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Naval operations

France
Allies request permission to move troops into Belgium
   France, Belgium, and Netherlands campaign, 1939-1940: Politics and diplomacy
   Phoney War, 1939-1940

United Kingdom
London receives request for immediate assistance from Norway
   Invasion of Norway, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy

War Cabinet decides to occupy Faeroe Islands and offer assistance to Iceland
   Norway and Denmark campaign, 1940: Politics and diplomacy

Convoy OA 126 departs Southend
   Atlantic convoys

Convoy OB 126 departs Liverpool
   Atlantic convoys

United States
Joint Planning Board makes new estimates of US defense needs
   United States: Armed forces


Dates are local to the time zone in which the event occurred, but discrepancies and inconsistencies abound throughout the sources, especially when events ocurred shortly before or after midnight.

Entries on file for this date: 52
Total entries on file: 60,955
Updated: 22:41 Pacific Time on 18 April 2014

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Hague. The Allied Convoy System
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Hammel. Air War Pacific
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Kay. Chronology: New Zealand in the War, 1939-1946
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Rohwer. Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two
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Various other Chronology volumes also served as sources.

Many additional volumes were consulted for specific topics.
 

 

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