Norwegian Independent Company 1
Norwegian Independent Company 1 (NOR.I.C.1, pronounced Norisén
(approx. "noor-ee-sehn") in Norwegian) was a British Special
Operations Executive (SOE) group formed in March 1941 originally for
the purpose of performing commando raids during the occupation of
Norway by Nazi Germany. Organized under the leadership of Captain
Martin Linge, it soon became a pool of talent for a variety of special
operations in Norway.
3 Operation Seagull agents
Kompani Linge Memorial, Glenmore Forest Park in Scotland
The original English-language administrative title did not have much
resonance in Norwegian and they soon became better known as Kompani
Linge (Linge's Company). Martin Linge's death early in the war came to
enhance the title, which became formalised as Lingekompaniet in his
The members of the unit were trained at various locations in the
United Kingdom, including at the SOE establishment at Drumintoul Lodge
in the Cairngorms, Scotland.
Their initial raids in 1941 were to
Lofoten (Operation Claymore) and
Måløy (Operation Archery), where
Martin Linge was killed. Their best
known raids were probably the Norwegian heavy water sabotage. Other
raids included the Thamshavnbanen sabotage. In the capital area, the
Oslogjengen carried out several sabotage missions. In cooperation with
Milorg, the main Norwegian resistance organisation, communication
London were gradually improved during the war, so that by
1945, 64 radio operators were spread throughout Norway.
According to Mitt liv, the autobiography of
Max Manus (1995. N.W.
Damm), the Linge Company was for a time counted amongst the most
decorated military forces in the
United Kingdom during World War II.
The veterans from the company were also amongst the first to welcome
King Haakon home. A total of 530 Norwegians served in
NOR.I.C.1, of whom 57 lost their lives.
Karl Johan Aarsæther
Johannes S. Andersen
Nils Uhlin Hansen
Claus Gustav Myrin Koren
Jan Herman Linge
Erling Sven Lorentzen
Oskar Johan Nordvik
Alv Kristian Pedersen
Akershus Fortress to the members of the Norwegian
Independent Company 1 and the
Shetland bus who were killed in World
Operation Seagull agents
Sverre Granlund - had also served as a commando during Operation
Sgt. Thorlief Daniel Grong
Lt. Per Getz
Pte. Eivind Dahl Eriksen
Pte. Hans Rohde Hansen
Emil Gustav Hvaal (codename Anchor)
Arne Vaerum (codename Penguin)
^ Bolstad, Erik (ed.). "Kompani Linge".
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Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
^ Ruggeri, Amanda (12 January 2017). "The surprising place where WWII
agents learnt to fight Nazis". BBC. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
^ a b Engesæter, Olaug. "Kompani Linge". Digitalskolen (in
Norwegian). University of Bergen. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
Jensen, Erling; Ratvik, Per; Ulstein, Ragnar (1995) Kompani Linge
(Oslo: LibriArte) ISBN 82-445-0057-3
Manus, Max (1995) Mitt liv (N.W. Damm) ISBN