Allied order of battle

8 April  – 10 June 1940 

Land forces


Commanded by Major-General Carton de Wiart V.C., this group began landing at Namsos on 14 April.

  • British 146th (Territorial) Infantry Brigade – Commanded by Brigadier Charles G. Phillips
  • 1/4th Battalion, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
  • 1/4th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • Hallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment
  • French 5e Demi-Brigade Chasseurs Alpins – Commanded by Général de Brigade Antoine Béthouart
  • 13ème Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins
  • 53ème Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins
  • 67ème Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins

Major-General Carton de Wiart, commander of  'Mauriceforce'.

British 'Mauriceforce' troops pick through the ruins of Namsos after a German air raid, April 1940.

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Commanded by Major-General Bernard Charles Tolver Paget, this force landed at Åndalsnes starting 18 April.

  • 15th Infantry Brigade – Commanded by Brigadier Herbert Edward Fitzroy Smyth
  • 1st Battalion, Green Howards
  • 1st Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment
  • 148th Infantry (Territorial) Brigade – Commanded by General Harold de Riemer Morgan
  • 1/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
  • 1/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
  • 168 Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery from 56th (East Lancashire) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 260th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery
  • 55th Field Company, Royal Engineers

Major-General Bernard Charles Tolver Paget, commander 'Sickleforce'.

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French, British and Norwegian soldiers aboard a Royal Navy warship, 8 May 1940.



Commanded by Major-General Pierse Joseph Mackesy, this force landed at Harstad, north of Narvik, between 15 April and 5 May.

  • Polish Troops at Narvik
  • 24th (Guards) Brigade – Commanded by Brigadier William Fraser
  • 1st Battalion, Scots Guards
  • 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
  • 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers
  • French 27e Demi-Brigade de Chasseurs Alpins – Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Sèrge Valentini
  • 6ème Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins
  • 12ème Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins
  • 14ème Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins
  • French 13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade – Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Raoul Magrin-Vernerey. Landed at Harstad on 5 May.
  • 1er Bataillon
  • 2ème Bataillon

Major-General Pierse Joseph Mackesy, commander of 'Rupertforce'.

French alpine troops with their St Bernard dogs on a ship bound for Norway, April 1940.

  • Polish Independent Highland Brigade – Commanded by General Zygmunt Bohusz-Szyszko
  • 1st Demi-Brigade
  • 1 Battalion
  • 2 Battalion
  • 2nd Demi-Brigade
  • 3 Battalion
  • 4 Battalion
  • Troop, 3rd The King's Own Hussars (personnel only, no tanks)
  • 203 (Cumberland) Field Battery from 51st (Westmorland and Cumberland) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • French 342me Independent Tank Company
  • French 2me Independent Colonial Artillery Group
  • British Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 Independent Companies ("Scissorsforce") commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Colin Gubbins, landed Mosjøen, Mo i Rana and Bodø 8/9 May.
  • British No. 2 Independent Company commanded by Major Hugh Stockwell, landed at Bodø 15 May.

French soldiers at Narvik, 1940. French soldiers fought alongside British and Polish troops during the Norwegian Campaign.

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North Western Expeditionary Force

Commanded by Lieutenant-General Claude Auchinleck, this force resulted from the reorganisation of British forces in the Narvik area on 13 May 1940.

  • 24th (Guards) Brigade, acting commander, Brigadier Colin Gubbins; organisation as above. Brought back to Narvik from Bodø for evacuation on 29–31 May.
  • Nos 2, 3 and 5 Independent Companies: brought back to Narvik from Bodø for evacuation on 29–31 May, Nos 1 and 4 Companies having been evacuated directly to home ports.
  • One troop 3rd Kings Hussars without tanks
  • 203 Battery, 51st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 6th Anti-Aircraft Brigade commanded by Brigadier F.N.C. Rosseter
  • No 10 Army Observer Unit

Lieutenant-General Claude Auchinleck. commander of the North Western Expeditionary Force

  • 51st (London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (23 x 3.7-inch mobile AA guns, based at Harstad, Skaanland, and some attached to Bodo Force)
  • 82nd (Essex) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (24 x 3.7-inch mobile AA guns)
  • 156th (Essex) HAA Bty in Bardufoss
  • 193rd (Essex) HAA Bty in Tromsø and Sorreisa
  • 55th (Devon) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (36 x 40mm Bofors guns, detachments in Harstad, Skaaland, Bardufoss, and Bodo force)
  • 167th Light Anti-Aircraft Bty from 56th (East Lancashire) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, (10 x 40mm Bofors guns in Tromsø and Sorreisa)
  • 3rd LAA Bty (10 x 40mm Bofors guns in Bardufoss and French force)
  • 229 and 230 Field Companies, Royal Engineers
  • Detachment 231 Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

Officers and men of the Independent Podhalan Rifles Brigade decorated by King Haakon VII of Norway with the War Cross with Sword (the highest ranking Norwegian gallantry decoration) for gallantry during the Narvik Campaign.

Among them is Corporal Jan Lasowski (second from the right) who lost his sight during the Battle of Narvik. On his right is Lieutenant Colonel Wacław Kobyliński, the CO of the 1st Battalion of the Brigade during the Campaign. Two soldiers on the left are very likely Private Wasyl Cykwas (second from the left ?) and Officer Cadet Leon Słupieński. The Lieutenant on the far right is either Brunon Utnicki or Kazimierz Kędzierski.

Naval forces

Royal Navy

  • 4 battleships – HMS Resolution, Rodney, Valiant and Warspite
  • 2 battlecruisers – HMS Renown and Repulse
  • 3 aircraft carriers – HMS Ark Royal, Furious and Glorious (sunk 8 June)
  • 5 heavy cruisers – HMS Berwick, Devonshire, Effingham (grounded 17 May, lost), Suffolk (beached 17 April) and York
  • 5 light cruisers – HMS Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, and Southampton
  • 5 light cruisers – HMS Arethusa, Aurora, Enterprise, Galatea and Penelope (grounded 11 April, damaged)
  • 6 anti-aircraft cruisers – HMS Cairo (damaged 28 May), Calcutta, Carlisle, Coventry, Curacoa (damaged 24 April) and Curlew (sunk 26 May)
  • 7 Tribal-class destroyers – HMS Afridi (sunk 3 May), Bedouin, Cossack, Eskimo, Gurkha (sunk 9 April), Punjabi and Zulu
  • 14 destroyers – HMS Acasta (sunk 8 June), Ardent (sunk 8 June), Forester, Foxhound, Glowworm (sunk 8 April), Hardy (sunk 10 April), Havock, Hero, Hostile, Hotspur, Hunter (sunk 10 April), Icarus, Kimberley, Wolverine
  • 4 sloops – HMS Auckland (damaged 20 April), Bittern (sunk 30 April), Black Swan, Flamingo, Fleetwood, Stork,
  • 17 submarines – including HMS Sterlet (sunk c. 18 April), Tarpon (sunk 10 April), Thistle (sunk 10 April), Seal (captured 5 May)
  • Various minesweepers

The British battleship HMS Rodney which served during the Norwegian Campaign, helping to safeguard troop convoys undertaking the Allied evacuation .

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French Navy

  • 2 cruisers – Émile Bertin and Montcalm
  • 4 auxiliary cruisers – El Djezaïr, El Mansour, El Kantara, Ville d'Oran
  • 9 destroyers – Bison (sunk 3 May), Tartu, Maillé Brézé, Chevalier Paul, Boulonnais, Milan, Épervier, Brestois, Foudroyant
  • 17 transport ships – Ville d'Alger, Djenné, Flandre, Président Doumer, Chenonceaux, Mexique, Colombie, Amiénois, Saumur, Cap Blanc, Château Pavie, Saint Firmin, Albert Leborgne, Paul Émile Javary, Saint Clair, Vulcain, Enseigne Maurice Préchac
  • 1 submarine – Rubis

Polish Navy in exile

  • 3 destroyers – ORP Błyskawica, Burza, Grom (sunk 4 May)
  • 1 submarine – ORP Orzeł (sunk 8 June)
  • 3 troopships – Chrobry (damaged later scuttled 16 May), Sobieski, Batory

The French light cruiser Émile Bertin, the flagship of Group Z, the French squadron supporting the Allied Norwegian campaign.


Air forces

Royal Air Force (deployed to Norway)

  • 263 Squadron RAF – Gloster Gladiator fighter aircraft
  • 46 Squadron RAF – Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft

Hurricane Mk I PO-M is sheltered at Bardufoss where No 46 Squadron RAF assembled to begin operation on 26 May 1940.

At 08.30hrs, S/L Kenneth BB "Bing" Cross took off from HMS Glorious in PO-X to assemble at the Norwegian airfield. During patrols over the land and naval forces at Narvik, the pilots accounted for at least 14 enemy aircraft, despite poor runways and primitive servicing and repair facilities.