Secret Alliances: British Special Operations and Intelligence in Norway, 1940-45

Fri 25 Sep

Friday, 25 September 2020

12.00pm - 1.00pm

In Conversation | In Venue & Online

Secret Alliances: British Special Operations and Intelligence in Norway, 1940-45

Tony Insall provides a definitive appraisal of Anglo-Norwegian cooperation during the Second World War.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Secret Alliances


In this talk, Dr Tony Insall will provide a remarkable insight into the Anglo-Norwegian relationship, which led to one of the most successful resistance movements of the Second World War.

Using previously unpublished archival material from London, Oslo and Moscow, Dr Insall will describe how SIS and SOE agents developed links with their Norwegian counterparts. This included a network of coast-watching resistance fighters. They reported on the movements of Nazi warships threatening Allied convoys, and led to counter-strikes which damaged or sank many ships, most notably the Tirpitz in November 1944.

He will also examine the crucial role of intelligence officers from the Security Service and Bletchley Park who supported their sabotage operations.

Dr Tony Insall spent more than 30 years working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving in Nigeria, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia before spending five years in Norway. He was an associate editor of FCO Historians and has published several books and articles on Norwegian History. He is currently a senior visiting fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

A copy of Tony Insall's book Secret Alliances: Special Operations and Intelligence in Norway in 1940-45, The British Perspective can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase at the National Army Museum on the day of the event or via a link on the virtual event page.

Date & time

Friday, 25 September 2020
12.00pm - 1.00pm


Foyle Centre
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT


Online: FREE

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