Events west of Oslofjord

Events concerning IR3 and the area west of Oslofjord


Observe that Norwegian time is used. To get German time add one hour.
Dates are given as [day #]/[month #], i e the 9th of April is 9/4.

date time end time event position
9/4 afternoon   Contact between second in command IR3 and K.G. Laake of HOK. No order to IR3 except to continue mobilisation.  
10/4     Contact between IR3 and IR6.  
11/4 02:00   Last contact between IR3 and HOK. The phone call is handled by a captain at guard at HOK, and he says that there are no orders for IR3. No higher officers are brought to the phone. All later attempts to get a phone connection between HOK and IR3 failed. The unfortunate outcome of this talk was probably a major reason for the surrender of IR3 two days later.  
12/4     First German troops lands in Larvik Larvik
13/4     1. and 2.cmp of III/IR310 enters Kongsberg  
13/4     Norwegian IR3, just west of Kongsberg, surrenders without fight.  
13/4     First Germans arrives to Porsgrunn, destroys the radio station and withdraws. Porsgrunn
15/4     Two reduced companies of II/IR307 occupies Kragerö Kragerö
16/4     Two comp. of II/IR307 occupies Porsgrunn, coming from Larvik Porsgrunn
16/4 18:30   One German company occupies Skien Skien
16/4 evening   About one German company occupies Statthelle Statthelle
17/4 12:30   Order from HOK to ÖKV: ÖKV takes command over units from IR3 in Telemark and Rjukan AA-defence and move the units to Numedal. 4.Div takes contact with Maj. Lowzow at Rjukan and says that there are no interest in holding Telemark, and thus all personell and equipment shall move north. The following days the evacuation is prepared.  
17/4     Brevik occupied by Germans  
17/4     Langesund occupied by Germans  
21/4 14:00   Just as the Norwegian forces in Telemark are ready to move north to Numedal (order 17/4) counter-order is received at 4.Div from HOK. Rjukan shall be defended. Evacuated positions has to be reoccupied. A motorised battery of 40mm guns that has already moved north will remain up north though. The reason stated for the counter-order is that an allied intervention requires that Rjukan is in Norwegian hands.  
22/4     A German delegation travels to Rjukan in an attempt to negotiate a peaceful surrender of Rjukan. The Norwegians makes all attempts to delay the delegation, to be able to reoccupy the positions that were evacuated in the preparations for the move north. The negotiations leads to a cease-fire until 24:00 24/4, giving the Norwegians much needed time to prepare their positions.  
23/4     In preparation German advance on Rjukan from Kongsberg by units of IR388 begins (one battalion enters Notodden during the day)  
25/4     German advance toward Rjukan from Notodden.  
26/4     German troops enter Ormemyr and Gransherad  
26/4     Group Daser formed around Kongsberg with the mission to advance up Numedal.  
27/4     German spearheads of K.G.A reach Dalen. A recce platoon is captured by Norwegians at Åmot bridge and the Germans withdraw.  
28/4     I and II/IR310 reach Kongsberg by train from Kristiansand, to advance up Numedal. Group Daser is freed to advance on Rjukan.  
28/4     German advance from Porsgrunn reach Seljord  
28/4     German troops enter Sauland  
28/4     Order about a clearing operation of southwest Norway is given by Gen. Falkenhorst. Operation is to begin 2/5 and be conducted by troops from IR307 and IR388. Planned time for the operation is 14 days. Norwegian troops in the area are estimated to many thousand men (by reports from spies), while in reality it was only a few hundred.  
29/4 late   German patrol enter Åmot but withdraws next day  
30/4     Norwegian attack against bridge at Gransherad fails.  
1/5     German advance from Porsgrunn reach Höydalsmo.  
2/5     Norwegian force in Rjukan is 150 men, in Hovinheia 281 men.  
2/5     Norwegian unit in Rjukan manages to get radio contact with Norwegian over command (HOK).  
2/5     Group Daser enters Espest after combat with the Norwegian Hovinheia group. Norwegian resistance at Hovinheia ceases.  
2/5     Norwegian Haugesund company surrenders  
3/5     A German battalion enter Dalen  
3/5     Battle at Liosvingen  
4/5     Battle at Liosvingen again  
4/5     Norwegian platoon stops German advance from Höydalsmo at Leirlifoss bridge.  
4/5     German units of group Daser enter Rjukan  

Norwegian units

IR3 at surrender 13/4
stab IR3:   13off
II/IR3:  32 off/NCO, 664 men + (non combat) 9 off, 91 men
Lvbat/IR3: 35 off/NCO, 802 men + (non combat) 5 off
Övelsebat/IR3: 30 off/NCO, 340 men + (non combat) 6 off
frivilligkp.: 4 off/NCO, 91 men + (non combat) 1 off
tropp till våpenfabrikk: 1 NCO, 40 men

Kongsberg luftvernkommando 9/4
17 off/NCO, 120 men, 4 x 7.5cm AA gun (static), 12 AAmg

Infanteribataljonen 24/4
commander: Maj. R. Lowzow
stab+3 kp: 38 off/NCO, 243 men, 18 HMG (Colt), 12 LMG (Madsen), 1x40mm Bofors AAgun

Rjukan og Heröya luftvernkommando
Rjukan luftvern
commander: Kapt. Nagell
8/4: 43 off/NCO, 90 men
20/4: 43 off/NCO, 208 men
21/4: 43 off/NCO, 150 men (personell transfered to the inf.bat. and Numedal.

Heröya luftvern: 3 off/NCO, 75 men, 4x40mm Bofors AAgun, 9xAAmg
Motorised battery dispatched to Numedal
14 off/NCO, 57 men, 3 40mm Bofors AAgun

Skien samlestasjon: 2 off/NCO, 20 men

German kampfgruppen (battle groups)
assembled for the clearing operation of southwestern Norway, by order from ID214 the 29/4

Gruppe Daser
Commander:Oberst Daser
HQ of I/IR388
1.cmp and 2.cmp of I/IR388
staff of I/IR307
2.cmp of I/IR307
2/3 of 6.cmp of IR307
2/3 of 13.cmp/IR388 (inf. gun)
2 plt 14.cmp/IR388 (anti tank)

Route of advance. Planned tempo of advance given in paranthesis:
Arendal - Hynneklev - Åmli (2/5) - Treungen - Nissedal (3/5) - Skafså (4/5) - Rauland - Holtvik (5/5)
one detachment would take another route from Skafså:
(d:o) - Skafså (4/5) - Mo - Vinje - Flaathyl (5/5)

Kampfgruppe A
Commander: Commander of IR367
1 cmp of III/IR367
1 cmp of II/IR367
1 plt 12.cmp/IR367 (hvy mortar)
1 plt 13.cmp/IR367 (inf. gun)
1 plt 14.cmp/IR367 (anti tank)
1 radio plt NA214

Route of advance. Planned tempo of advance given in paranthesis:
Arendal - Hynneklev - Åmli (2/5) - Treungen - Nissedal (3/5) - Skafså (4/5) - Rauland - Holtvik (5/5)
one detachment would take another route from Skafså:
(d:o) - Skafså (4/5) - Mo - Vinje - Flaathyl (5/5)

Kampfgruppe B
Commander: Commander of II/IR367
II/IR367 (except units detached to K.G. A)
1 plt 13.cmp/IR367 (inf. gun)
1 plt 14.cmp/IR367 (anti tank)
2 radio plt NA214

Route of advance: Evje - Sandnes (2/5) - Valle (3/5) - Haslemo (4/5) - Flaathyl (5/5) - Röldal (6/5) - Odda (7/5)

Kampfgruppe C
Commander: the company commander
2/3 of a cmp. of I/IR367
1 plt of 4.cmp/IR367

Route of advance: Mandal - Bjelland - Listöl (3/5)

Kampfgruppe D
Commander: Commander of IR355
2/3 of bicycle squadroon 214

Route of advance: Flekkefjord - Liknes - Fjotland - Knaben (4/5)

Kampfgruppe E
Commander: the company commander
2/3 of 3.cmp/I/IR355
1 plt of 4.cmp/IR355 (hvy mortar)

Route of advance: Egersund - Tonstad - Kveven (3/5)

Kampfgruppe F
Commander: the company commander
1 cmp. of I/IR355

Route of advance: Dirdal - Birkeland - Övstebö (3/5)

Kampfgruppe G
Commander: the company commander
1 plt of 8.cmp/II/IR388

Route of advance: Skjold - Vikedal (2/5) - Sauda (3/5)
one platoon: Skjold - Ölen - Etne