The Second Great War No. 48

DESTRUCTION OF OIL STORES O N SPITSBERGEN The islands of Spitsbergen, under Norwegian sovereignty, have rich deposits of coal, copper and asbestos. Germany was planning to use the coal for supplying her forces in the Murmansk offensjve, and Allied action was imperative. On September 8,1941 a combined Canadian, British and Norwegian force landed on the islands, burned coal and oil dumps, wrecked the mines, and brought away Norwegian miners with their families. This photograph shows burning oil dumps a t B arentsburg. .Photo, British Official: Crown Copyright 1905.‘ 2b
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