Thor O. Hannevig
Thor Olaf Hannevig
20 April 1891
|Died||17 February 1975 83)(aged|
|Monuments||In Vinje (1991)|
|Known for||Battle of Vinjesvingen|
Thor Olaf Hannevig (20 April 1891 – 17 February 1975) was a Norwegian shipmaster. During the Norwegian Campaign in 1940 he was in command of an army unit called the Telemark Infantry Regiment, and this regiment was able to withstand the German forces until 5 May. Hannevig later acquired a legendary heroic status, and his story was the basis of the 1993 Norwegian film The Last Lieutenant .
The Battle of Vinjesvingen was a battle of the Norwegian Campaign and took place in May 1940 in the Telemark county, Norway. It became one of the two last strongholds of Norwegian resistance in southern Norway during World War II, the other being Hegra Fortress.
The Last Lieutenant is a Norwegian movie from 1993, directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Espen Skjønberg. It was released in the USA with English subtitles.
Hannevig was born in Åsgårdstrand. He had taken an 8-months' officer's course in 1915. In addition to being a shipmaster, during his life he also owned a distillery, was an adventurer and a Freemason, and worked in a hotel, as a banker, a merchant, and a farmer. He died in Skreia in 1975. A monument was erected in Vinje to mark the centenary of his birth in 1991.
Åsgårdstrand is a small port town in Vestfold, Norway. It is also the name of a former independent municipality and a center of trade. The town is situated 10 km south of Horten, 10 km north of Tønsberg and 100 km south of Oslo by the west coast of the Oslofjord. On 1 January 1965 Åsgårdstrand and Borre municipalities, plus a part of Sem were merged into the new municipality of Borre. By the time of the merger Åsgårdstrand had 488 inhabitants and was the smallest municipality in Norway.
Skreia is a village in the municipality of Østre Toten, Norway.
Vinje is a municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Vest-Telemark. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Åmot.
Tormod Kristoffer Hustad was the minister of agriculture in the 1940 pro-Nazi puppet government of Vidkun Quisling, provisional councilor of state for agriculture in the government appointed by Reichskommissar Josef Terboven in 1940, and minister of labour in the NS government 1942-1944. He was replaced by Hans Skarphagen in 1944. In the post-war legal purges he was convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment and forced labour.
Atle Thowsen is a historian and the Director of the Bergen Maritime Museum and served as president of the International Commission for Maritime History from 2000 to 2005.
Kasper Idland MM, was a Norwegian resistance member during World War II. Idland took part in the Norwegian heavy water sabotage in 1943.
The Norwegian Legation in Stockholm played a significant role during the Second World War. Until 9 April 1940 the legation consisted of four persons, and at the end of the war about 1,100 persons were connected to the legation. Refugee cases were among the legation's most central tasks. In 1941 a Military office was established, and this was later split into separate offices for intelligence, and for Milorg related cases.
Tore Gjelsvik was a Norwegian geologist and polar explorer. He headed the Norwegian Polar Institute from 1960 to 1983, and played an important role in the Norwegian resistance during World War II.
Jan Birger Jansen was a Norwegian physician, anatomist and scientist, specializing in brain research. He played an important role in the Norwegian civil resistance during the Second World War.
Alexander Lange Johnson was a Norwegian priest, resistance member during World War II, bishop to Hamar, and biographer. He was born in Antsirabé, Madagascar. He played a leading role in the Norwegian civil resistance during the German occupation of Norway, being a member of the Coordination Committee, and later also Hjemmefrontens Ledelse. He was a bishop to the diocese of Hamar from 1964 to 1974. He wrote a biography on Eivind Berggrav in 1959.
Operation Cheese was an intelligence operation carried out by Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Norway during World War II. Key persons were Odd Starheim and Gunvald Tomstad, who established radio communications with UK and developed an intelligence network in Southern Norway. The radio station was located at Tomstad's farm Helle, three kilometers outside the town Flekkefjord.
Norsk krigsleksikon 1940–1945 is a Norwegian encyclopaedia covering the Second World War.
Danish humanitarian aid to Norway during World War II, in Norway called Norwegian: Danskehjelpen and in Denmark called Danish: Norgeshjælpen, resulted in 32,000 tons of food supplies from occupied Denmark to occupied Norway. The aid was initiated in 1941, after the formation of Den norske damekomité in Copenhagen. Among the central organizers in Denmark were Carl and Borghild Hammerich.
Swedish humanitarian aid to Norway during World War II, in Norway called Norwegian: Svenskehjelpen and in Sweden called Swedish: Svenska Norgehjälpen, amounted to around SEK 71 million. High priority was extra food for schoolchildren in Norway. In 1944 more than 100,000 portions of soup were administered daily from almost 1,000 distribution centrals.
Ragnvald Alfred Roscher Lund was a Norwegian military officer, with the rank of colonel. He was a military attaché at the Norwegian legation in Stockholm in 1940. He served as head of the Office FO II at the Norwegian High Command in exile in London during World War II, responsible for Military Intelligence.
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Odd Fossum was a Norwegian shop assistant, and leader of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions from 1941 to 1945, under the Nazi regime during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. He was also the leader of NS Faggruppeorganisasjon from 12 October 1940 to September 1944, when he was succeeded by Olav M. Hoff.
Ørnulf Egge was a Norwegian politician for the Workers' Youth League and Communist Party and resistance member during World War II.
Kitty Margarete Grande was a Gestapo agent in Trondheim, Norway during World War II. She was a member of the group Sonderabteilung Lola, led by Henry Rinnan. She was married to fellow Gestapo agent Ivar Grande, who was assassinated by the resistance movement in December 1944. During the legal purge after the war, Kitty Grande was sentenced to 20 years of hard labour in prison.
Ole Arntzen was a Norwegian businessman and resistance member during World War II. He was a brother of Sven Arntzen. He was a member of the Central Committee of Milorg, where he served as General Inspector from April 1944 to May 1945. His cover name was "Ørnulf". In his World War II memoirs, Gunnar Sønsteby devotes one chapter to the arrest of Milorg leaders Jens Christian Hauge and Arntzen by the State police on 10 April 1945, but their central role was not discovered.
Alf Sanengen was a Norwegian resistance member during World War II, chemist and research administrator. He was born in Glemmen. During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, Sanengen was among the central leaders of the civil resistance. He was manager of Sentralinstitutt for industriell forskning (SI) from 1950 to 1975. He was chairman of the board of Borregaard from 1965. He was a member of the gentlemen's skiing club SK Fram since 1970.
Eric Welsh was a British chemist and naval intelligence officer during the Second World War. Between 1919 and 1940 he worked for the Bergen branch of the company International Paint Ltd. From 1941 he headed the Norwegian branch of Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). Welsh is fleetingly referred to in the Norwegian television series The Heavy Water War and, based on the comments by Stephen Dorril of Welsh as a "...ladies' man who drank and smoked to excess" and a "master of dirty tricks" alluded to as one of the models to James Bond
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