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The military resistance against the German occupation,

mere called "the Milorg".
It's also been called "the home-forces".
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COMPANY
LINGE

Milorg and compani Linge
cooperated on several missions all over Norway
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MILORG
From a modest beginning in the fall of 1940, the Milorg grew nation wide into 14 districts.

It's work consisted mainly of intelligence, transport of people to Sweden and England, building up supplies of weapons, espionage against German military fortification and cover-ups.

The Milorg managed to establish contact with England summer of 41, trying to get its organization official, and it succeeded. In spite of several shakedowns, executions and torture by the hands of the Gestapo, the Milorg grew to incredibly 40 000 members by 45..

Early in the war, the Shetland gang transported weapons over the North-Sea, using fishing boats. It was a very dangerous affair. It wasn't until after the invasion of the continent, because of heavy air-supply from Great Britain, that the Milorg was sufficently equipped. But the air-drops over Norway on dark nights were a dangerous task. 23 British and 5 American planes were lost during these operations.

At the end of 1943, Jens Christina Hauge, played an important role, and finally became the head of the organization. He left Norway on several occasions to participate with the exiled Norwegian government in conferences regarding the resistance work. One of the best known persons in the resistance is Gunnar Sønsteby. Nicknamed number 24 or "kjakan" (the jaw)

He carried out resistance work against the Wehrmacht even before the word "Home-front" had any meaning. In 1940 he got his legs badly frozen on an illegal trip returning from Sweden. But he recovered and started the resistance work that would take 5 years of his life. He had a number of secret apartments and hide outs. As a rule, he never used the same hideout twice. Sønsteby was included in the famous "Linge Company" and participated in a series of incredibly daring sabotaging operations as a leader of "the Oslo gang".


THIS PAPER WERE PUBLISHED IN 1945

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