I recently watched a Norwegian language film on the BBC called The King's Choice (Kongens Nei) about King Haakon's role during the German invasion of Norway.
Haakon comes across as remarkable man, a true patriot & a fine king. What an inspirational story. I found it very emotional, especially a scene where Haakon talks to a very young soldier (a boy really) who is about to put his life on the line to protect his king.
Haakon comes across as literally the father of his people. I loved the way Norwegians raised their hats to their king as they passed by. Haakon's relationship with his grandson was so sweet & touching. Even gruff stern old men become like children with their grand children
Related to this is the story of the loss of HMS Glorious, HMS Acasta & HMS Ardent in which over 1500 men lost their lives. There is some suggestion that the commander of HMS Devonshire, which was evacuating King Haakon & the Crown Prince to England, did not pass on a message from Glorious that it had sighted German warships. Devonshire was under orders not to break radio silence. As a result the British had no idea that the ships had been attacked & sunk by the German battleships Scharnhorst & Gneisenau & no rescue attempt was put into effect. Nine hundred men are reported to have survived the initial sinking of Glorious but almost all of them succumbed over the next 72 hours in the cold waters of the North Sea waiting in vain for help that would never come. When Norwegian ships found the survivors three days later only 40 men were still alive. One of the worst British naval disasters of all times. What terrible events they were.
I will definitely rewatch this film. Very moving & uplifting. Alt for Norge.