05-07-2013, 11:15 PM
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Today it is 68 years since the German Wehrmacht surrendered unconditionally, thus ending the last World War in Europe.

Thus it is also 68 years since Norway's resistance army - the MilOrg - accepted the surrenders of various local Wehrmacht commanders and Norwegians were once again masters of our own house, as the Norwegian saying goes.

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German major Josef Nictherlein surrenders Akershus Fortress to Groupleader Terje Rollem from MilOrg.
According to the oral history, he was quite miffed at having to surrender to "a civilian"...

May 8th is also the Norwegian Veteran Day, when we remember both the veterans from WWII and the roughly 100,000* veterans from all the international operations Norway have taken part in since.

Freedom isn't free, but it's worth paying for...

*) About 50,000 of that number took part in the occupation of Germany as the Independent Norwegian Brigade Group from '48 to '53.

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 05-08-2013, 12:05 AM
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That was a generation that sacrificed a lot for freedom. I salute them all.

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 05-08-2013, 01:47 AM
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Takk for at du la dette. Kan Gud velsigne Norge, og kanskje vi alle leve i fred.

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 05-08-2013, 01:56 AM
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Hans, as I'm sure you will be aware,a lot of Norwegians come over the North sea to Newcastle on the ferry from Bergen to do their Christmas shopping,they are lovely people who went through a lot of hardship during the war.
You ALL speak EXCELLENT English.
If only you had some nice scenery in NorwayWinky
Geordie Sam.

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 05-08-2013, 03:27 AM
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A little info on Day:

Victory in Europe Day—known as V-E Day or VE Day—was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 (in Commonwealth countries, 7 May 1945) to mark the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, thus ending the war in Europe. The formal surrender of the occupying German forces in the Channel Islands was not until 9 May 1945. On 30 April Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin, and so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his successor, President of Germany Karl Dönitz. The administration headed by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg government. The act of military surrender was signed on 7 May in Reims, France, and on 8 May in Berlin, Germany.

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 05-09-2013, 05:03 PM
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(05-08-2013, 12:05 AM)Johnny Wrote: That was a generation that sacrificed a lot for freedom. I salute them all.

Agreed Johnny. Because of their sacrifice we are free peoples.

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 05-09-2013, 07:50 PM
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Thanks for the reminder Hans. We don't celebrate VE day, and I wonder if it's even marked on our calendars anymore.

I had an uncle who served in England, he did maintenance on the bombers that pounded the snot out of the Reich. Another who served on an LST. One dead now, one living, both really good gents.

Maybe it's time to watch the Netflix movie about the Norwegian resistance fighter... what was his name? He sunk the ship in the harbor. I just googled it... Max Manus. It's a good movie; Max Manus, Man of War. Norway should have a Max Manus Day. I wouldn't be surprised if you do.

Our Memorial Day is coming up, May 27th this year. We celebrate that.

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 05-09-2013, 10:30 PM
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My Dad was based in Foggia, Italy and was a side gunner on a B-17. They would fly from Italy to England, reload then make a return trip.

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 05-10-2013, 02:39 AM
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"Max Manus" is a decent movie that don't try to paint the guy as too perfect... just a shame they shuffled the chronology of events in the last ten minutes to make for more "human interest"...

Don't have a Max Manus day as such - like all veterans he's honoured on May 8th.

Memorial Day weekend is connected to the Vandalia Gathering in my family, due to my in-laws.

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 05-10-2013, 06:39 AM
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Armed Forces Day in the US is May 18

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 05-10-2013, 06:41 AM
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Hans, I almost went to that gathering two years ago, but we had to change plans.

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 05-10-2013, 02:38 PM
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Next time we're shoulder to shoulder, try and get there at the beginning ladsBiggrin
Sam.

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