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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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