Glenmore ceremony commemorates Norwegian heroes

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A ceremony in Glenmore next week (Thursday 19 September) will mark the 40th anniversary of the placing of the memorial stone that commemorates the Norwegian commandoes who trained in the area for operations in WWII.

Attending the ceremony will be Norwegian Honorary Consul General in Edinburgh, David Windmill, together with representatives from The Royal British Legion as well as staff from Forestry Commission Scotland and Highland Council. 

The stone has been under the stewardship of the Forestry Commission and the Highland Council

A wreath will be laid at the memorial, with some speeches and a minute’s silence. 

Brian J Duff Recreation Forester Inverness, Ross & Skye District said:

“We could not let the 40th anniversary of this memorial being unveiled pass without some recognition of the men it honours, their selfless and heroic actions during WWII – and the sacrifices they made.

“The men of Kompani Linge carried out many actions but perhaps most importantly were involved in the raid on the Norsk Hydro heavy water production plant in Vemork – and helped stopped the Nazis from creating the atomic bomb.

“It’s difficult to single out any particular action in a conflict of that scale as being more important than any other but I think it would be fair to say that in this one daring raid, the men of Kompani Linge altered the course of history.

“It is only fitting that we continue to remember them and their heroism.”

The ceremony will take place at the memorial by Glenmore Visitor Centre at 2.00pm.

The memorial is often visited by Norwegian tourists, who show a lot of interest in Kompani Linge and its particularly strong link with the area. There is also the occasional visit from one of the few surviving members of the Kompani; last year 94 year-old Norwegian army veteran, Joachim Rønneberg, who served with Kompani Linge and who holds Norway’s highest military honour, visited the memorial with representatives of the Norwegian special forces. 

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