Operation Altenbeken

(German town)

This was the German attack on and capture of Åndalsnes, in the Romsdalsfjord western coastal area of Norway, by land forces advancing up the Gudbrandsdalen within the context of ‘Weserübung’ (late April/2 May 1940).

The town fell on 2 May after the previous day’s ‘Tunnel’ (i) evacuation of Brigadier H. de R. Morgan’s British 148th Brigade, landed in ‘Sickle’ (i) as the southern component of the planned pincer offensive toward Trondheim, after the brigade’s advance toward the German forces had been thwarted by the drop of German paratroopers to take and hold the vital road and railway chokepoint at Dombås on 14 April.