Detailed information about Hitler’s trip to Norway is not very common. In Bruppacher’s great timetable Hitler’s trip on the Panzerschiff Deutschland of April 12, 1934 is mentioned, but information about where he went on the two days that followed is not there. Hitler was on board of the ship together with army leaders Werner von Blomberg, Werner Freiherr von Fritsch and Erich Raeder. It is said that on this trip Hitler promised the army leaders that he would deal with Ernst Röhm if he tried to take over the army in any way.
There are pictures that prove that Hitler sailed the Norwegian waters. He was there on the 13th and 14th of April, 1934. On the 15th he was back in Germany.
Hitler’s boat trip to Norway (7-
Route: Sognefjord, Balestrand
Today: The fjord is still there of course, but the Panzerschiff Deutschland was used as a target for the Russian army after the war.
On April 14, 1934 Hitler sailed the Sognefjord (7) to Balestrand (8). Once again the passengers did not leave the ship. On the 15th of April Hitler was back in Germany.
Hitler on deck of the Panzerschiff Deutschland. In the background is Balestrand. (copyright picture: John Asmussen)
A recent picture of the Sognefjord near Balestrand (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)
Hitler on deck at the Sognefjord (picture: Getty Images)
The Sognefjord today (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)
Another picture of the Sognefjord near Balestrand (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)
Panzerschiff Deutschland in 1936
(picture: public domain, wikipedia)
Hitler’s boat trip to Norway (1-
Route: Hardangerfjord from Marstein to Odda and Ulvik and back
Today: The fjords are still there of course, but the Panzerschiff Deutschland was used as a target for the Russian army after the war.
On April 12, 1934 Hitler got on board of the Panzerschiff Deutschland together with army leaders Werner von Blomberg, Werner Freiherr von Fritsch and Erich Raeder. On the 13th of April it sailed the Hardangerfjord past Marstein (1), Austevoll (2), Tysnes (3) and Varaldsøy (6) to Odda (4) and Ulvik (5) and back. The passengers did not leave the ship.
Raeder, Hitler and the ship’s commander Von Fischel on deck of the PS Deutschland
(copyright: John Asmussen)
The Hardangerfjords between Ulvik and Odda
(pictures: the Hitlerpages)