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Why didn't the Allies use a naval invasion to retake Norway?

Because the costs outweighed the benefits. They could fairly easily block submarines entering the Atlantic by then. It served very nicely as a [by the Allies] attackable port where the German ...
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Name of Kingdom that was formed after marriage refusal?

It was Norway. This is the story of Harald Fairhair in the late 9th century. Harald inherited one of a number of petty kingdoms west of modern Oslo. He proposed marriage to Gyda, the daughter of King ...
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Why did Sweden and Norway become the vassals of Denmark?

The reason goes back to Queen Margrethe I of Denmark. (She is to the current queen, Margrethe II, what Elizabeth I of England was to Elizabeth II). Margrethe was the Queen Consort of King Haakon of ...
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How did the forces required for invading Norway compare to those actually used for invading North Africa?

Since you say you already have multiple sources for Operation Torch, I shall limit this answer to sources for the resources required for the planned Operation Jupiter. tl;dr Scroll to the end for a ...
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Did British measures cause starvation in Norway during WWI?

You are correct. While there was some hardship in Norway during the First World War, in which Norway was neutral, there was no starvation and no direct attack from Britain. On the other hand, during ...
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How well did King Harald V of Norway know FDR's dog Fala?

It seems that Crown Princess Märtha and her three children, including prince Harald, didn't stay at the White House for very long. Several sources comment that they initially stayed at Roosevelt's ...
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Why did Sweden and Norway become the vassals of Denmark?

Tom Au's answer above is mostly correct with regards to Norway; Albrecht actually had a formally stronger claim to the Norwegian throne, but was set aside since Margrete was so effective. As for ...
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Why were the Scandinavians not as expansive as other Europeans in global colonization?

Short Answer: There was a sum of factors: War Weather Population Willingness Long Answer: Population, as highlighted in the comments, is part of the answer. But only a part, because the Netherlands ...
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What was the capacity of Vemork power station?

According to both links you give, the plant was opened in 1911 with 108MW capacity. Any generators operating in 1911 will not be in operation today. The NVE link further says that the plant was ...
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What is the relationship (if any) between Skøyen and Skøyenåsen in Oslo?

It was two different farms with the same name (Bull, Akers historie, p. 11). (The map shows the oldest names, from the Bronze age or earlier.) So Skøyenåsen belonged to Nordre Skøyen in East Aker.
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Did Hitler have any plans in regards to the troops he had stationed in Norway throughout the war?

Norway was strategic for a number of reasons. Two of them were as follows: Germany received most of its iron ore from the north of Sweden, and it was brought in ships, which were targets of the Royal ...
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Communist resistance groups in the Nazi German military

The Red Orchestra (so code-named by the Gestapo, in contrast to the Black Orchestra, which were German conservatives against Hitler) were among the most famous communist resisters of Hitler and the ...
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How well did King Harald V of Norway know FDR's dog Fala?

This Norwegian site (Royal House of Norway) states that: While King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav stayed in London, the Crown Princess lived with the children in the outskirts of Washington, DC, ...
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Did British measures cause starvation in Norway during WWI?

Others have covered the Hamsun angle fairly well, I'll expand on the starvation: Norway was an exporter of fish before and during the war. Before the war, it went both to Germany an Great Britain, but ...
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Did British measures cause starvation in Norway during WWI?

Although a Nobel Prize winning author, Knut Hamsun was, to put it mildly, pro-German, to the point of being openly pro Nazi during World War II. His views about the British blockade in World War I, or ...
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Why didn't the Allies use a naval invasion to retake Norway?

Because it was Plan "B" (or even "C"). In 1942, Winston Churchill was "undecided" between invading Norway or North Africa, but the Americans tipped the balance in favor ...
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Did Hitler have any plans in regards to the troops he had stationed in Norway throughout the war?

Plans were made for whole of Scandinavia First thing we need to notice is that Armee Norwegen controlled not only German troops dispositioned in its namesake country (Norway), it also controlled ...
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Did Hitler have any plans in regards to the troops he had stationed in Norway throughout the war?

Plans are lofty, and Hitler usually a big fan of 'not one step back'. So, any plan would include keeping and securing what's gained. That may include thinning occupational forces to the bare minimum, ...
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Why did Sweden and Norway become the vassals of Denmark?

According to Wikipedia's article on the Kalmar Union, it was a personal union, and Norway, Sweden and Denmark remained separate kingdoms that happened to have the same king. Since the king usually ...
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Communist resistance groups in the Nazi German military

Certainly in the later stages of WW2 a lot of Soviet prisoners of war were drafted into the Wehrmacht, given a choice of signing up and fighting for Germany or being sent to the death camps. Many of ...
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Am I imagining this or did I just found one of the oldest "hidden" erotic artworks ever?

Probably not. In general, the motif of a man and woman embracing is very common on guldgubbar, but there is nothing overtly sexual about them. Occasionally, there will be some kind of tree behind them....
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