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Norway Maps Thousands of Nazi Defense Sites in Massive Local History Project

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The idea behind this mammoth task, described by one of the activists as “formidable,” is to preserve the history of World War II, teach it to future generations, and make the historic site more accessible to the public. That’s it.

The Germans left an indelible mark when they invaded Norway during World War II. Nearly 80 years later, the historic war facilities in remarkably good condition are to be mapped and combined into a single registry.

This gigantic task of registering all German war sites across the country is carried out by local historical groups in cooperation with the authorities. At its core, it is about preserving and passing on the history of World War II and improving accessibility for those who want to see the facility in person.

When the Germans occupied Norway on April 9, 1940, they began a huge expansion of defense installations along the entire coast of the Nordic country. Thousands of installations, both large and small, were built to stop Allied ships from entering Norway.

“It’s impressive what the occupiers have achieved in Norway over the years,” Gunnar Hoyem, president of the National Society for Local History, told Norwegian media.

Work will begin in Namsos and Sofold in Nordland County, Hojem said. There are up to 1,000 German defense installations, both large and small, on Namsenfjord alone, he stresses, foreseeing a “formidable” task in the years to come.

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Namsos was strategically important in central Norway. In the spring of 1940, British and French soldiers landed there and tried unsuccessfully to defeat the Germans and force them back into central Norway.

Namsos’ famous torpedo battery was built between 1942 and 1944, primarily by Soviet prisoners of war. Today, it remains a pilgrimage site for history buffs. Inside, ammunition boxes, kitchen stoves, wiring, and even wall paintings have been preserved.

“It’s fun to see how much interest is still being given to the history of the war. Look at the participants today,” Namsos Municipality Gudrun Hratebó told local media.

Archaeologist Lars Forses of Trondelag County Municipality has suggested that now is the right time to register all the facilities left behind by the Germans.

“For generations who have gone through war, this has been a sensitive topic. Only now can we do this important work. For Hitler, Norway was perhaps the most important defensive position against the Allies,” Forses thought. rice field.

Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany from April 1940. conventional armed resistance The country remained conquered until German forces surrendered in Europe in May 1945. During these five years Norway was governed by the Norwegian Reich Commission in collaboration with a pro-German puppet regime led by Vidkunquisling. It has become synonymous with “traitor” in Norwegian and other Nordic languages.

The Soviet Union played a key role in liberating Finnmark, Norway’s northernmost province, which was heavily militarized by the Germans during the war.



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