The word "Quisling" has been used as a synonym for "traitor" or "treachery."
The original Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945) was a gifted Norwegian army officer who sided with the Nazis on the first day of Norway's entry into the Second World War. Dahl's biography is the first to use a complete range of source material from Nordic, German, Italian and Russian archives, and family archives now in the United States tracing Quisling's career through to the drama of his trial and execution for high treason in 1945.
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- 09 Apr 40: Day 1 of 63 of the Battle of Norway
- 10 Jun 40: Norway surrenders unconditionally to the Nazis
- 16 Jun 40: French transfer Norwegian heavy water to British
- 25 Sep 40: All political parties except Quisling's pro-Nazi party are dissolved
- 01 Feb 42: Quisling forms a puppet government under German rule
- 18 Oct 42: Commandos parachute in to recon Telemark plant
- 19 Nov 42: Sabotage attempt fails when gliders crash en route
- 16 Feb 43: Commandos parachute in to meet reconnaissance party
- 28 Feb 43: Commandos successfully sabotage Telemark plant
- 16 Nov 43: RAF bombs heavy water plant, which is under repair
- 20 Feb 44: Railway ferry carrying heavy water to Germany is sunk
- 07 May 45: All German troops in Norway surrender unconditionally
- 09 May 45: Quisling is captured by Norwegian underground
- 10 Sep 45: Quisling is sentenced to death in Oslo
- 24 Oct 45: Quisling is executed by firing squad for high treason
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