Epkenhans: The Long and Winding Road to Weserübung

IFS Info 7/2006
Naval Theory, Naval Historiography and Aggression
​IFS Info no. 7/2006
Title: The Long and Winding Road to Weserübung. Naval Theory, Naval Historiography and Aggression
Author: Michael Epkenhans
Pages: 15   

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What is the real story of Weserübung? Was it a pre-emptive strike, as the German naval historians traditionally have argued, or was it rather a pure act of aggression? In this study Epkenhans argues the latter. He describes the debate over continuities and discontinuities in Naval thinking and planning, and more specifically examines the German naval theory and historiography of Weserübung. He argues that parts of Scandinavia, and Norway in particular, was part of German naval strategic thinking as far back as Wilhem II, and that the German navy in the early twentieth century pursued a policy which contributed to the outbreak of the two world wars.

Michael Epkenhans (b. 1955) is executive director of the Otto-von-Bismarck-Foundation in Friedrichsruh near Hamburg and Privatdozent (assistant professor) at Hamburg University. He has published several books on German naval history in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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