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Other SOE agents training in Scotland. That's a small underwater kayak ("Sleeping Beauty")

https://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/038066_2.jpg


"Silent killing"training:
http://www.klikk.no/incoming/img-1240933/ALTERNATES/LANDSCAPE_2_1_960/Stikk.jpg


Weapons instruction:
http://www.namdalsavisa.no/nyhet/krigshelten-fra-vemundvik/s/1-75-6413073

Pistol shooting training. The instructor is Jan Baalsrud - his story can be read in the book "We die alone" by David Howarth.
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/Jan%20Baalsrud%20instruerer%20ved%20STS26.jpg

http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/Pistoltrening%20STS26%20%2023.jpg


The pistol training facility at Glenmore Lodge - very advanced for the time-
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/Pistolbanen%20Glenmore%20Lodge%2021.jpg


The Gun Room at Glenmore Lodge:
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/vaapen24.jpg

http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/vaapen42.jpg


Radio training in Scotland:
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/Erling%20Grenne%20m%20BC-322%20i%20Scotland%2035.jpg


Leaving for operations in Norway. The man standing on the ground is Wilson, the commander of the Norwegian SOE (Company Linge).
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/31A.jpg

http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2C/Gulbrandsen%20og%20Norgesfarere%2030.jpg



A SOE agent crossing the border into neutral Sweden:
https://tekstarbeid.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/2012-06-sepals_0003.jpg?w=500

A fake drivers license for a SOE agent:
https://tekstarbeid.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/12.jpg?w=500

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Here are photos from a SOE sabotage group working in the south of the country:



Two agents at the cave they lived in. The man closest to the camera is aiming a suppressed Stengun, the other a Brengun.
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys003a.jpg


A female courier named Aasta Michelsen training with the weapons. Note the suppressed Stengun propped up against the rock.
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys07a.jpg


More defence training at the hide.
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys04b.jpg


Aasta Michelsen and SOE agent Alf Aakre preparing a Limpet mine for shipping sabotage.
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys07b.jpg


Aasta Michelsen during martial arts training.
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys003b.jpg
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys007b.jpg
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys05a.jpg



Another civilian courier at the entrance of the cave the agents hid in.
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/5_HJEMMEFRONT/5QC/mys004a.jpg

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The SIS/MI6 radio station "Kari" hidden in the far north of Norway:
http://www.spycom.org/WW2/2_ENGLAND/2A/kari.jpg

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Very interesting  photos Number24.  ajb007/martini

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thanks!
This is the cave used as a hide for the SOE agents (as seen above) the way it looks today:

http://m0.i.pbase.com/g4/27/584227/2/60769430.IMG_4718.jpg

http://m1.i.pbase.com/g4/27/584227/2/60769431.IMG_4723.jpg

http://www.dalanefolkemuseum.no/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Mysingh%C3%A5l%C3%A5.jpg
http://www.dalanefolkemuseum.no/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mysingh%C3%A5l%C3%A5_3.jpg

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I can recomend the book "We die alone" by David Howarth about the dramatic escape of SOE agent Jan Baalsrud.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511gkJiNU5L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_no … +die+alone


Jan Baalsrud's story was filmed in 1957. The movie "Ni liv" ("Nine lives") was nominated for the Oscars that year.

From "Ni liv"
http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7022/6418537187_724e650ab0.jpg


A new movie version about the escape is being filmed now by director Harald Zwarts (One night at McCool's, Agent Cody Banks, Karate Kid)

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Is the cave being made into an historical  attraction ?

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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No wonder they were known as the ministry of ungentlemanly warfare! Ungentlemanly but vital.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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ajb007/frown|)

Thunderpussy wrote:

Is the cave being made into an historical  attraction ?

Yes, it has. Another simmular cabin/hide is the "Fieldfare cabin". Jocahim Rønneberg (commander of the Heavy Water sabotage mission) and two other SOE lived for a winter in this remote and hidden cabin. Rønneberg restored it about 25 years ago, and I saw him at that time. I reccognized him as we met on a path in those mountains. I recognized him (and I think he understood that), but I was too in awe to talk to him. Here are some images from Fieldfare:

Look near the shoreline for the cabin:
http://gfx.dagbladet.no/labrador/180/180065/18006575/jpg/active/795x550.jpg

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/jotunheimr/prod/wJ/cJ/7X-800.jpg

http://www.fjelluft.com/tafjordfjella/tafjordfjella200804/P8230192-r.jpg

The cabin is not only open to the public - you can use it as a cabin!
http://www.smp.no/frapapir/article11362044.ece/ge4mld/BINARY/w980-adaptive/29KULovernatting.jpg


Joachim Rønneberg around the time he restored Fieldfare cabin:
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/jotunheimr/prod/p9/Ra/n5-800.jpg

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This is fantastic stuff. One of the reasons I love researching WW2 is the fact that you are always learning something new.

Here's a very interesting documentary, filmed in 1973, about the real Telemark raid (not the Kirk Douglas version).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwbiRrVAJzw

As for the forthcoming film, hopefully it sticks to the real story.

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This three part documentary is also well worth a watch for anyone interested in the tremendous feats of courage & endurance shown by the Telemark saboteurs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8c7JgF_5Os

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlokTnZWZuo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfc7pwjyUSs

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I forgot to mention there are some new photos on the page before this too, from post 150 onwards.  ajb007/smile

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Hi - This is an incredible collection. If you are willing to sell any items please contact me immediately. CHeers

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What is the pin those norweigan SOE folks are wearing in their berets?

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I have written earlier about Company Linge (Norwegian Independent Company No 1)
This was the Norwegian branch of SOE that did what the organisation "normaly" did. But there was another Norwegian SOE unit:
Norwegian Naval Independent Unit (NNIP), later re-named Royal Norwegian Naval Special Unit (RNNSU).
To Norwegians the are much better know as the "Shetland Gang" or "The Shetland Bus" because their base was on those islands.
Quite a few Norwegians fled accross the North Sea in small motorized fishing vessels to Shetland and Scotland. Many of them were resistance fighters with expert knowledge about the Norwegian coastline and boatmanship. The SOE needed this knowledge to transport agents, weapons and other equipment to Norway and refugees back to the UK. The members of the Shetland Gang did get some agent traning, but they were second to none from the start in the most important skills: To "bus" the fishing boats accross the North Sea and navigating the coastline safely. There was very little extra equipment needed, but the fishing vessels had machine guns hidden in barrels on deck.

https://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/040031.jpg?Width=1158&Height=651

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/4a/b1/c6/4ab1c6adacaa2736c5c72070bbd2c478.jpg



The weather was a more dangerous foe than the Germans. Crossings had to be done in the winter or in bad weather to avoid detection. The unit lost ten boats and a total of 44 men and most of them drowned. The boats had no military distinctions and the crew were dressed as fishermen.

https://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/039087.jpg?Width=1158&Height=651

https://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/040002.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_wdJ3bAT5uM/Ut7kaJnGB4I/AAAAAAAAAW4/EGzFTtIq1XY/s1600/Arthur.jpg


In 1943 the Germans had strengthend their control of the Norwegian coast. It was decided that the camouflage of using civilian boats was not a big enough advantage, they needed speed, seaworthyness and firepower. Three submarine chasers were given to the unit. After this no boats were lost.

http://dms03.dimu.org/image/01SVfGyrQp

http://www.vikebladet.no/incoming/article5593203.ece/ALTERNATES/w980-default/Museumsskipet-Hitra_fullwidth

In total the Shetland Bus made more than 200 missions to occupied Norway. 380 tons of equipment was transported to the resistance and 190 agents were sent into enemy territory by this route. Drops from the air didn't reach this volume until late 1944.

My grandfather had an encounter with one of the Shetland Bus submarine chasers. One night he and the rest of the crew of a fishing boat (much like the ones used by the Shetland gang) were on were going home from a fishing trip. Then they heard a roar from a powerfull engine, but they couldn't see the source. Suddenly the dark shadow of a larger and much faster boat went past just in front of them. The boat had no lights, so my grandfather knew what they had just seen. The next day they heard about a sabotage attack against a factory in the area.

In 1954 a movie was made about the unit titled "Shetlandsgjengen". The title was changed to "Suicide Mission" in for international release. Most of the cast were Shetland Bus veterans, including a captain with 54 missions under his belt.

http://c8.alamy.com/comp/E5NN3R/shetlandsgjengen-aka-suicide-mission-us-lobbycard-1954-us-release-E5NN3R.jpg

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A scene from "Suicide mission". Everyone in this scene play themselves. The skipper is Leif Larsen. "Shetland-Larsen" is the most highly decorated naval officer in WWII. To quote Jeremy Clarkson: " ...in the world." No British naval officer got as many British medals during WWII as he did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76l4wG4s0Fo


http://img1.ilaks.no/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/shetlandslarsen.jpg

   
War Cross with two Swords
St. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch
Norwegian War Medal with three stars
Participation (in World War II) Medal
King Haakon VII's 70th anniversary Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Distinguished Service Medal and Bar
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Order
Participation in the Winter War Medal
Medal of Freedom (US)

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Not really SOE, but here are some rare photos of WWII combat divers:


German frogman captured by US soldier
http://www.indianamilitary.org/83RD/Lt%20Houck%20Account/Frogman-Captured.jpg


German frogmen training:
http://www.therebreathersite.nl/Zuurstofrebreathers/Italian/Images%20Italy/Pirelli/WWII/pirelliWWII_08.jpg

http://www.therebreathersite.nl/Zuurstofrebreathers/Italian/Images%20Italy/Pirelli_02/1942%20crossing%20antisub%20barrier.jpg

http://www.therebreathersite.nl/Zuurstofrebreathers/Italian/Images%20Italy/Pirelli_02/1942%20cutting%20through%20antisub%20net.jpg





Soviet frogmen:
http://vrazvedka.ru/main/history/im/afonchenko-04.jpg

http://vrazvedka.ru/main/history/im/afonchenko-03.jpg

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These days a new biography is published about the SOE agent Erling Lorentzen. He was born in Oslo in 1923 and he is still very much alive.

http://gfx.dagbladet.no/labrador/269/269848/26984811/jpg/active/320x.jpg

When Norway was invaded he was just 17, but he quickly joined the resistance. He ran messages for a resistance leader accross the border to Sweden, but after some time he escaped to the UK. There he joined the Norwegian branch of the SOE, called Company Linge.
After training in Scotland he returned to Norway and commanded several hundred guerillas there. He also ordered an assassination. On several occations he posted letters to pro-German Norwegians to warn them to stay silient. The letters contained an empty shell from a gun. This is the only known photo of him from the war, just after the war ended.

http://hallingdolen.no/storyimage/HD/20161119/ARTIKKLER/161119806/AR/0/AR-161119806.jpg&ExactW=982&ExcatH=552


Straight after the war he was unwisely commanded to be a bodyguard for the two teenage daughters of the king. Erling and princess Astrid kept writing letters while he studied at Harvard, and as the first non-royal for 600 years he married into the Norwegian Royal family in 1953.

https://juliapgelardi.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/asker9.jpg


They later moved to Brazil where he became a very successful business man. His wife died in 2012, but Erling (now 93) is now in a new relationship  ajb007/biggrin
Last year he did a parachute jump with the  FSK (Army special forces unit). Here is the video:
https://juliapgelardi.files.wordpress.c … asker9.jpg

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Very interesting I always enjoy your posts on this thread,  there is some exceptional men.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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Agreed, always interesting  ajb007/martini

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Great article in the Daily Mail about the SOE and some of their "James Bond gadgets"

For some reason the link doesn't work. 

A simple search in google

"Revealed: The lethal arsenal of James Bond-style hidden weapons deployed in WWII to allow spies to overpower guards if captured"

Should find the article.

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Hi. i know im ;late doing this, but i own one of thise pocket knives, exactly like the second picture, minus the tyre slashing blade. any idea of its value?
https://s2.postimg.cc/86wj6gf1x/mil-patt_jackknife.jpg

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Is there a makers mark or is it sterile?

..................http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a77/darkcrown_1969/Asp9mmSIG-1-2.jpg...............

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I'm really looking forward to the movie "The Twelft Man". It stars Johnathan Rhys Meyer as the regional Gestapo commander and a Norwegian rapper (really  ajb007/lol ) as the SOE agent he's chasing. It's a true story. You can read it in David Howarth's "We die alone" and an Oscar nominated movie was made in 1957.

Here is the story in brief: Jan Ballsrud was one of 12 SOE agents sent to northern Norway well above the arctic circle to train, organise and equip resistance fighters there. They were snitched on and eleven of them were killed as the boat was about to put them on land.

Still photo from the 1957 movie "Nine lives". The fishing vessel used by the agents in the foreground,
the attacking German naval vessel behind it.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/hbO6JaFA_V--aAy4f8zaJ811yQx1p64mKGF5rYD8XkVsuYSs2zEvh6YWZAJJZMScuVKN=w720

The Germans belived Baalsrud must had drowned after trying to escape swiming in the freezing fjord, but the Gestapo commander insisted on finding the twelft man dead or alive.

https://1.vgc.no/drpublish/images/article/2016/02/22/23623063/1/fullbredde/Historiskebilder.jpg


What followed was an epic chase going through a landscape both stanning and extremely challenging, making the natural condition an even greater danger than the large Nazi forces chasing him. The local population, including Sami reindeer herders, helped Baalsrud in his escape to Sweden knowing full well the danger they put themselves and their families in.

http://ndla.no/sites/default/files/images/sp0bd2da.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/p4jM4.png



The real Jan Baalsrud:

http://erenow.com/ww/wediealoneawwiiescape/wediealoneawwiiescape.files/image006.jpg


Here is the new trailer of "The Twelft Man". The Reindeer herd scenes are shot at the shooting ranges I used during my military service. Even if your Norwegian and German might be a little bit rusty you can follow the story.

http://www.filmweb.no/filmnytt/article1324898.ece

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Number 24 ... Did you forget about this thread ??

https://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/45072/wh … ring-wwii/