Narvik is a non-freezing all-year-round Norwegian port, which meant it was possible to transport Swedish iron ore from it throughout winter. This was important to the German war machine for the production of reinforced steel. “The effective stoppage of iron ore supplies to Germany via the Norwegian transit should be considered one of the most important operations in this war”, said Winston Churchill. On March 1st, 1940 Adolf Hitler orders an invasion of Norway. The operation is codenamed Weserübung.To Norway’s aid come the British, the French, and the Polish from Podhale Independent Rifle Brigade.