This is the history of that ""brief, untidy campaign"" in 1940 in which the Allies attempted to save Norway from the Nazis and failed. As a history, it is notably successful. Narvik, a coast port, becomes the focal point of conquest. All branches of British military service are seen united in action for the first time. Air battles, landings by British troops, and heavy fighting at sea are almost hourly occurences. And finally, driven off by superior air and land power, the Allies are forced to evacuate and endure the final tragedy of the loss of the carrier HMS Glorious. The book does more than recount an ill-fated operation however. It points out again the need for constant vigilance on the part of democracies, urges that the early and not the late mistakes of the last War be a guide for future military planning. Really first rate.