The Magnificent Seven

Seven Gloster Gladiators: not much of a defence against invasion. Yet that was the extent of the Norwegian Army Air Service’s operational fighter fleet when, on 9 April 1940, Germany launched Operation ‘Weserübung’ — its assault on neutral Norway. The efforts of the Gladiator pilots in their obsolescent mounts have rightly entered the annals as an example of courage against the odds. To mark the 80th anniversary of this action, the man behind a documentary film on the operations flown by those outmoded biplanes draws on the interviews he conducted with two of the surviving veterans more than 20 years ago to recall a day of heroism

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