The German operation codenamed “Wildente” used surprise to catch the Anglo-Norwegian units off-guard by barring their way south of Ranfjord. A steamer sailed up the fjord and landed 300 men and two guns in the small port of Hemnesberget. They could be resupplied by air and they threatened the Allied rear. Panicked by the boldness of the enemy landing, British High Command decided to evacuate by sea its units south of Ranfjord. The Norwegians were on their own. The only solution was a counterattack. With a few machine guns as their sole support and led by a spirited Danish officer, Captain Ellinger, they reached the first few houses of Hemnesberget. . .
Attacker: German (1,.Kompanie, 138th Gebirgsjäger Regiment)