Thor O. Hannevig

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Thor O. Hannevig
Born
Thor Olaf Hannevig

(1891-04-20)20 April 1891
Died17 February 1975(1975-02-17) (aged 83)
MonumentsIn Vinje (1991)
NationalityNorwegian
OccupationShipmaster
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 . [1] [2]

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References

  1. Kraglund, Ivar (1995). "Hannevig, Thor 0.". In Dahl; Hjeltnes; Nøkleby; Ringdal; Sørensen (eds.). Norsk krigsleksikon 1940–1945 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Cappelen. p. 158. ISBN   82-02-14138-9 . Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. Kraglund, Ivar (1995). "Vinjesvingen". In Dahl; Hjeltnes; Nøkleby; Ringdal; Sørensen (eds.). Norsk krigsleksikon 1940–1945 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Cappelen. pp. 441–442. ISBN   82-02-14138-9 . Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  3. Huse, Harald (13 January 2004). "Thor Olaf Hannevig 1891 - 1975". Forsvarsnett (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.

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