Operation Jupiter Hardcover – 1 Jan 1982
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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered. Uncommon, especially in such positive condition. ; 208 pages; Description: 208 p. ,  p. Of plates : ill. ; 23 cm. Subjects: Great Britain. Special Operations Executive --World War, 1939-1945 --Underground movements --Norway --Sabotage --History.
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The book was authored by a dual national Norwegian speaking British woman, who served in SOE Scandinavian section, it appears, from the outset until the end of the war. As she never served as an agent, the book was written in a very second person style, knowledgable but not first hand. In fact the best bits of the book were the accounts of written reports by active in-country agents.
I did not know that there was an active consideration to the invasion of Northern Norway from 1941, after the German's invaded Russia, and the Allies wished to help relieve the pressure on them by creating a second front, but the loss of Tobruk and the rollup in North Africa to Alamein meant this was no longer practical, and all effort was expended on Op Torch, the invasion of North Africa from the west. The diversionary operation of attacking Norway using local patriots and SOE resources was called Op Jupiter, and the title of this book, but the majority of the content was on the various efforts to frustrate the German invaders and tie up their forces from other fronts, which was Seen as successful by all planners, and other books I have read on the subject.
However, although there were a few new aspects of this resistance story, the book was rather tame for my liking, owing to the detached second person style of narrating.
The material in this book is a readable and clever mix of thoroughly researched archive records and firsthand accounts written by an S.O.E. operative based in England/Scotland at the time and who was present at various key events/briefing/debriefings.
Whilst those accounts not based on the author's firsthand knowledge are very well referenced, at times there is an impression (rightly or wrongly) of links being formed based on what could be considered to be an educated assumption.
Having said that, these assumptions are far and few between and certainly do not detract from the overall incredible details described in this work such as landing of agents by sea and air in fantastically dangerous circumstances.
Given the horrendous and vicious nature of reprisals taken against the local populous following any resistance activity, the anxiety and apprehension is described in an almost matter of fact way concerning several incidents is truly remarkable.
Whilst I felt there was no real need to include a chapter on the Heavy Water plant raid at Ryukan (which could not do the topic justice if not based on the lack of available space alone) no historical account of Norwegian resistance could really exist without at least some mention of this incident.
It is remarkable to acknowledge the ongoing fondness felt by the Norwegian people toward British forces (and in particular to the Shetland Islands) given that the long awaited (and planned) invasion of Norway by Allied forces never materialised (albeit entirely understandably).
In my view, the clear danger of vicious and prolonged torture at the hands of the Gestapo faced by members of the Norwegian Resistance/Milorg and their families cannot be more evident than as described in the latter sections of this book.
One agent's first hand description of the brutal interrogation of a colleague at the hands of Westerberger and Gussler (two infamous Gestapo torturers) following an audacious release of another agent's wife from a police station is simply incredible, as are his actions to `save' his friend from further agony and his method of final escape!
Another agent's firsthand description of the reprisal taken against two night watchmen who failed to stop an electricity station being blown up, involved the deliberate shooting dead of both their entire families in a village square - including small children is truly harrowing.
For me this was at times a disturbing but mostly a clear insight into a previously clandestine theatre of wartime operations which was both a challenging and a rewarding read.
The attention to details does not detract from the flow of the content and the actions are described in (for me at least) sufficient detail to enable cross referencing to other sources, which is a credit to the skill of the author.
I would consider this book as essential reading to anyone with an interest in activities of the Special Operations Executive and more specifically their activities in Norway, or in support of the Norwegian resistance.