Operation Detmold

(German town)

This was the German operation to take Trondheim on the west coast of Norway as part of ‘Weserübung’ (9 April 1940).

The task of delivering the ground force was allocated to Kapitän Hellmuth Heye’s Gruppe II with the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, destroyers Paul Jacobi, Theodor Riedel, Bruno Heinemann and Friedrich Eckholdt of Fregattenkapitän Rudolf von Pufendorf’s 2nd Zerstörer-Flottille which carried, together with support elements, all but one company of Oberst Otto Weiss’s 138th Gebirgsjägerregiment of Generalleutnant Eduard Dietl’s 3rd Gebirgsdivision, 1/112th Gebirgsartillerieregiment and 1/38th Gebirgspionierbataillon.

Some of the men and much of their equipment were carried in the 4,770-ton cargo vessel Levante and supply ships Sao Paulo (4,977 tons and mined off Bergen by a mine laid by the Norwegian minelayer Tyr) and Main (7,624 tons, and captured and sunk by the Norwegian destroyer Draug).