THE NORWEGIAN CAMPAIGN 1940: NAVAL OPERATIONS The Second Battle of Narvik, 13 April 1940: HMS ESKIMO in Narvik fiord after being damaged by a torpedo fired from the German destroyer GEORG THIELE. War Office official photographer. © IWM (N 247)
Narvik-German troops engaged in a bitter fight at the Battle of Narvik, holding out against five times as many British and French troops, they were close to rebellion when finally slipping out from Narvik on 28 May.Moving east, the Germans were surprised when the British started to abandon Narvik on 3 June. By that time the German offensive in France had progressed to such an extent that the British could no longer afford any commitment in Norway, and the 25,000 Allied troops were evacuated.