No. 157 NAI DFA 219/4

Extract from a confidential report from William Warnock
to Joseph P. Walshe (Dublin)

Berlin, 20 April 1940

Before sending you a report on the German invasion of Scandinavia a week ago, I had been waiting for the situation to become somewhat clearer.1 So far, however, I have been waiting in vain. The Germans encountered no opposition worthy of note in Denmark, and have established themselves firmly in Southern Norway.

The German operations against these two countries came as a complete surprise to everybody. Not many days beforehand I had been in the Norwegian Legation, and the officers with whom I spoke were full of resentment against Great Britain, in view of demands by certain British politicians that the German trade with Narvik should be cut off at once, irrespective of Norway's rights as a neutral country.

[matter omitted]

1 On 9 April 1940 Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.

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