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The Foreigner Another Norwegian Second World War hero passes. Norway’s military honours-decorated Birger Strømsheim died , Tuesday, aged 101. His passing comes the same year as that of Gunnar “Kjakan” (The Cheek) Sønnsteby. Birger Strømsheim, also one of the six Kompani Linge members along with Sønnsteby, took part in several operations against the German forces during WWII.  This included sabotaging the Norwegian heavy water plant at Rjukan in 1943.

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Another Norwegian Second World War hero passes

Published on Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 at 13:33 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 11th October 2013 at 20:37.

Norway’s military honours-decorated Birger Strømsheim died , Tuesday, aged 101. His passing comes the same year as that of Gunnar “Kjakan” (The Cheek) Sønnsteby.



Birger Strømsheim, also one of the six Kompani Linge members along with Sønnsteby, took part in several operations against the German forces during WWII. 

This included sabotaging the Norwegian heavy water plant at Rjukan in 1943.

The mission’s aim was to destroy the Vemork Norsk Hydro Chemical Plant to halt the Germans’ plans of creating nuclear weapons.

“Operation Gunnerside”, as it was also known, was depicted in the 1948 Norwegian film, “The Battle for Heavy Water” and the 1965 film “The Heroes of Telemark”.

This mission came following an earlier one on the plant, “Operation Freshman”, which had been unsuccessful. 

71 people died as a result of the failed attempt.

It was commemorated at Stavanger’s Eiganes Cemetery on 11th November this year where those who died are buried. A wreath was laid at the site.

Norway’s Birger Strømsheim also took part in sabotage actions in Tafjordfjella, including “Operation Fieldfare”, which involved attacking German supply lines.

He received several awards for his work in the war including the St. Olav’s Medal with Oak Branch – instituted by King Haakon VII or Norway – and the King Haakon VII 70th Anniversary Medal.

He was also awarded the US Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm and the French Croix de Guerre with palm.

Joachim Rønneberg, also from Kompani Linge (real name Norwegian Independent Company No. 1/NORIC 1), and who took part in both the Heavy Water Sabotage and the action in Tafjordfjella with Strømsheim too, remembered Birger Strømsheim to broadcaster NRK.

"Birger was the oldest man in the group, and was almost like a father to us. [He was] a very calm and balanced person whom I appreciated very much.”



Published on Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 at 13:33 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 11th October 2013 at 20:37.

This post has the following tags: rjukanheavywaterplant, operationfreshmanmemorial, norwaycommemorationwwii.





  
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