Official: Prime Minister: papers relating to operations in and around Norway and Sweden.

Reference code: CHAR 20/17

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Date: 1940

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CHAR 20/17/1 Old file cover: "Norway" and "Operation Paul" [mining of Scandinavian shipping channels to prevent ore being exported to Germany]. 1940
CHAR 20/17/2 Minute from WSC to "M.C.C" [Military Co-ordination Committee] and [Major-]General [Hastings] Ismay [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence] asking if a Commander in Chief of a North West Expeditionary Force [?Major-General Pierse Mackesy] is still required simply to deal with Bodo, Mo and Mosjeon, now that operations are limited to Narvik [all in Norway] under the command of [Admiral of the Fleet, 12th] Lord Cork [and Orrery]; initialled by WSC. 02 May 1940
CHAR 20/17/3 Minute from [Major-General Hastings] Ismay [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence] (Offices of the War Cabinet) to First Lord [of the Admiralty, WSC] giving the decision of the Chiefs of Staff that the post of Commander-in-Chief, North West Expeditionary Force, [?Major-General Pierse Mackesy] should cease to exist once his work has passed to the Flag Officer at Narvik [Norway, Admiral of the Fleet, 12th] Lord Cork [and Orrery]. 06 May 1940
CHAR 20/17/4 Letter from WSC to [Major-General Hastings] Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] and copied to Colonel [Ian] Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet] on the needless delay over operation "Paul" [mining of Scandinavian shipping channels to prevent ore being exported to Germany]; comments on the Illustrious being wasted when it is needed to collect aeroplanes from the United States. [carbon copy]. 09 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/5 Minute from the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] to WSC informing him that after the evacuation of Narvik [Norway] is finished the Ark Royal will carry out Operation Paul [mining of Scandinavian shipping channels to prevent ore being exported to Germany] in a modified form. Annotated by WSC on 8 June: "Good". 07 Jun 1940 - 08 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/6 Memorandum from "D P" [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, 1st Sea Lord] to WSC and copied to First Lord [of the Admiralty, A V Alexander, later 1st Lord Alexander of Hillsborough], explaining modifications to Operation Paul [mining of Scandinavian shipping channels to prevent ore being exported to Germany], necessary due to ice in the Gulf of Bothnia and the German occupation of Norwegian aerodromes; annotated by WSC. 06 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/7 Draft minute from WSC to 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] and copied to First Lord [of the Admiralty, A V Alexander, later 1st Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] insisting that Operation Paul [mining of Scandinavian shipping channels to prevent ore being exported to Germany] go ahead in some form; suggests aerodromes at "Bardufoss" and "Skaanland" [both Norway] be bombed. 06 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/8-9 Memorandum from [Admiral of the Fleet Sir] Dudley Pound [1st Sea Lord] setting out options for Operation Paul [mining of Scandinavian shipping channels to prevent ore being exported to Germany]: sixty modified Swordfish aircraft could carry out a bombing raid on Lulea [Sweden] from carriers situated in the vicinity of Bodo and Vest Fjord [both Norway]; however as at least a quarter of aircraft and possibly a carrier could be lost, an alternative would be to operate the aircraft from the Norwegian coast to avoid risking carriers, or to carry out sporadic bombing missions on German ore-carrying ships. [carbon copy]. 05 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/10 Minute by "M G" [Martin Gilbert, official biographer of WSC] to indicate document "SR(40) 154" has been removed and deposited in the Cabinet Office. 30 Jul 1963
CHAR 20/17/11 Telegram from Flag Officer, Narvik [Norway, Admiral of the Fleet, 12th Lord Cork and Orrery] to WSC and high ranking members of the Admiralty marked "Secret" on action concerning aerodromes and possible landing sites in Norway. [copy]. 05 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/12-13 Telegram from Admiralty to Flag Officer, Narvik [Norway, Admiral of the Fleet, 12th Lord Cork and Orrery] requiring aerodromes at "Bardufoss" and "Skaanland" [both Norway] to be rendered incapable of use so they cannot be used by the Germans to interfere with Operation Paul [mining of Scandinavian shipping channels to prevent ore being exported to Germany]. [copy with covering note]. 05 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/14 Minute from WSC to [Major-]General [Hastings] Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] asking if the "Mowinckle Plan" will prevent the laying of mines in the approach to Lulea [Sweden], thus interfering with Operation Paul [to prevent ore being exported to Germany]. [annotated copy]. 03 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/17/15 Minute from WSC to [Major-]General [Hastings] Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] requiring mines to be laid in the approach to Lulea [Sweden] before the evacuation of Narvik [Norway]; asks for a plan to be drawn up using flights from aircraft-carriers. [copy]. 24 May 1940
CHAR 20/17/16 Minute from WSC to [Major-]General [Hastings] Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] on obstructing German ships from removing ore from Lulea [Sweden]; suggests planting "vegetables" [mines]. [copy]. 14 May 1940