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Milorg and The Linge Company worked tight together on many operations all over Norway..



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KOMPANI LINGE
The company Linge got it's name from Martin Linge, born in 1894. Linge was one of the first to receive aviation education in Norway, but instead he decided to become an actor. He even spent some time as a sailor.

The life of Linge got a new meaning as the war came to Norway. As he was military educated, he participated as lieutenant. During the battles in the south of Norway (Åndalsnes) the soldiers described him as "ice cold" and "heroic". After a grenade injured his leg, he was the first Norwegian officer who was shipped over the North Sea.

In England, he became responsible for recruiting personnel for a Norwegian special force, later to be called "The Linge Company". During those times he cooperated with the Norwegian author Nordahl Grieg. Linge was the born leader, daring, inspiring with a beautiful voice and a keen eye.

The first operation the "Linge Gang" participated in, was the "Lofoten-raid", 4th Mars 1941.
The "Linge Gang" consisted of 52 men. The town Svolvaer and the territory around was liberated for 6 hours before the English soldiers and the Linge Company pulled out..

This was in its way the first victory in world war two. Over 200 German soldiers were taken to prison and over 300 volunteered to join the Norwegian forces back in England. Those who had participated in the raid were celebrated in the pubs for weeks.

But Linge didn't get to live very long after the Lofoten-raid. Just after Christmas time 1941, while raiding Måløy farther south in Norway, Linge was killed in action. The Platoon founded by Linge was later to carry his name, "The Linge Company".

The Linge soldiers were specially trained in England, later to be used in operations in occupied Norway. The training consisted of amphibious operations on the English coast. Some times rumours were put out that German agents were observed. Then it was up to the Norwegian Linge-soldiers to avoid capture. This some times escalated to frenzied episodes when some of the Linge-soldiers were arrested as German spies. And after a short while , this practice were slightly changed.

A total of 500 men were specially trained with the Linge Company.

Many of the Linge-men were exposed to extreme pressure during Norwegian operations. Arrest resulted in the death penalty. The Norwegian Home Forces suffered greater losses than is commonly believed. All in all 2091 fell. Of these were 266 women. 363 men and 3 women were executed by the Germans.

Specially trained, they parachuted into Norway. Many of these did some incredibe work, often exposed to inhuman strains, and it was not uncommon for them to be dropped off in the wrong places.

Leif Aagaard ( who later studied to become a priest), was in winter time dropped fare off the target in Norway. It was extremely cold with under 30 degrees Celsius below zero, in a rather unfriendly terrain. They partly walked, partly climbed for 36 hours without stop, and literally with their life at stake before they found shelter.

Maybe It's also too easy to forget the toll and hardship the resistance suffered in heavy snow and dangerous terrain, trying to take care of drop from plains at night-time. The Linge soldier Eldar Hagen, who was top trained, was so worn out after dragging weapons, containers and burying equipment, that he fell asleep when he was going down hill on his skies….. He hurt himself thoroughly, taking a long time to regain full recovery.


Uniform of company Linge

Compani Linge, parachuteving and
armband from Milorg 1945.

Assorted pins and badges from 2.W.W.

Jacket stripe from Company Linge.

The typewriter above were used by the resistance to produce illegal newspapers in Lofoten.

Radiotransmitter used by the local resistance during the war.

Milorg and The Linge Company worked closely together on many operations all over Norway..

Specially trained, they parachuted over Norway. Many of these did some incredibly work, often exposed to inhuman strains, and it was not uncommon they was dropped off in the wrong places.

Leif Aagaard ( who later studied to become a priest), was in winter time dropped fare off the target in Norway. It was extremely cold with under 30 degrees Celsius below zero, in a rather unfriendly terrain. They partly walked, partly climbed for 36 hours without stop, and literally with their life at stake before they found shelter.

Maybe It's also too easy to forget the toll and hardship the resistance suffered in heavy snow an dangerous terrains, trying to take care of drop from plains at night-time.

The Linge soldier Eldar Hagen, who were top trained, were so worn out after dragging weapons, containers and digging down equipment, that he managed to fell to sleep when he was going down hill on his skies….. He hurt himself thoroughly, taking a long time to regain full recovery.



Lingesoldier 1943.
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