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Operation Fork - Invasion of Iceland

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: Iceland

Period/ Conflict: World War II

Year: 1940

Date/s: 10 May 1940

The invasion of Iceland, codenamed Operation Fork, was a British military operation conducted by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines during World War II to occupy and deny Iceland to Germany.

The initial force of 746 British Royal Marines commanded by Colonel Robert Sturges disembarked at the capital Reykjavík. Meeting no resistance, the troops moved quickly to disable communication networks, secure strategic locations, and arrest German citizens.

Requisitioning local transport, the troops moved to Hvalfjörður, Kaldaðarnes, Sandskeið, and Akranes to secure landing areas against the possibility of a German counterattack. Read More/ Web Link: Wikipedia

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