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5. Memoir 44: Battle of Sola Airfield

Updated: May 27, 2018

On the 9th of April 1940, Operation "Weserübung" begun, the invasion of Denmark and Norway. 3rd Kie of 1.Fallschirm Bataillon, under the command of Oberleutnant Von Brandis, was charged to capture Sola airfield by an airborne assault and to secure the landing of reinforcement planes and then to capture the city of Stavanger 15 km far away. The airborne assault was under the fire of Norwegian antiaircraft defense, but once landed the German invaders rushed on Norwegian defensive positions and destroyed them. The airfield was captured in the morning and reinforcements could arrived in Junkers-52. After that, it was the capture of Sola village and the advance in direction of Stavanger. At the end of the day, Stavanger city was captured by the Germans. For Norway, it was the beginning of a long occupation.

This is a video of a live stream we did of the battle. Here is the scenario if you want to play it for yourself!

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