At times, Herb Block attracted readers' attention to important topics by altering his style. Here, he used ink wash to heighten the emotional impact of his depiction of the fall of Norway to the Germans. On April 9, 1940, during World War II, Nazi Germany began its occupation of Norway, a neutral country in a location that served the dual purpose of supplying much-needed iron ore and providing a means to attack the British navy. The Norwegians found other means to defy the Germans even though they were unable to put up military resistance. For example, many Norwegians wore a paper clip on their lapels and refused to support the Nazi government of Vidkun Quisling.