A Historic Journey to Raise Awareness for Good Mental Health
Follow our live blog of the Norway 75 team updates! In June 2018, a team of 8, which includes serving and former Royal Marines, will traverse the length of Norway by sea and land, retelling heroic stories of WWII combined Commando raids in unique and captivating ways, and commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the infamous Telemark raids. As they embark on this historical journey throughout Norway, the team will be raising funds and awareness for The Royal Marines Charity.
Unexpected interview shot on the iPhone! The son of Operation Gunnerside âSaboteurâ, Knut Haukelid DSO MC, talking about his fatherâs pivotal role in establishing the local Norwegian Resistance during #WW2. pic.twitter.com/6ySiR9g3JB
Final cycling stage of Norway 75 complete and Iâm not sure whether our cleets could have taken much more! Theyâve done 3000 miles and climbed many viewing points to capture the incredible Nordic scenery. -@GiantUK@EBwatchespic.twitter.com/EoUfDjLm4L
Bikes prepped, food on the go, map check complete and wagons loaded. We are almost ready to set off on our final day of cycling - destination Haukeli in Telemark ð´ð»ââï¸ð» Here we begin our 75th anniversary commemoration of the WW2 Telemark raids. -@Brigantes_Ltd@GiantUKpic.twitter.com/KrSvWdx49S
A veteran of Dunkirk and the 1941 MÃ¥lÃ¸y Raid, the 2IC of No. 3 Cdo, Lt Col âMad Jackâ Churchill (DSO & Bar, MC & Bar), was well known for leaping ahead of everyone in battle with his Scottish broadsword slung and bagpipes playing âMarch of the Cameron Menâ! pic.twitter.com/fXBWB9Q2OE
The 1941 MÃ¥lÃ¸y Raid was of huge strategic importance to the Allies during #WW2. It was a successful combined operation between all 3 services, it drew vast numbers of Germans away from the main front and discovered an Enigma machine with a fully deciphered codebook. pic.twitter.com/C81E2FUF2T
Today we met Ragnar Ulstein MM. A former member of the infamous Linge Company, an important participant in various Commando raids across Norway, and leader of a regional Norwegian resistance group codenamed âSiskinâ; he is an absolutely incredible individual from WW2. pic.twitter.com/pjH0jURc7R
The team have once again been hosted with such openness and generosity. This time by former Royal Marine, Nigel Willoughby (Retd Maj) and his wife Mette.
We have once again been hosted with such openness and generosity. This time by former Royal Marine, Nigel Willoughby (Retd Maj) and his wife Mette. You have fuelled us with intimate knowledge about #ww2 and the local area and fed us more cake than we could consume! #CorpsFamilypic.twitter.com/YOjj7jDiAV
Our @LandRover Discovery, aka âGunnersideâ, is the workhorse of this challenge. Always loaded up to the max, towing multiple bits of kit and acting as the mobile comms HQ. Weâll be sad to hand it back! pic.twitter.com/fp9hPV7Wpy
Some stunning views for the Norway 75 team today as they cycle along the Atlantic Ocean Road.
What a spectacular cycle along the Atlantic Ocean Road and into Molde! The shining sun and northerly winds should hopefully continue for the next few days; bringing us into Ã lesund in high spirits before meeting some amazing individuals tied intricately to the history of #ww2. pic.twitter.com/U0XYvJsMTY
Back on the road tomorrow! We are making our way towards Ã lesund where we plan to meet with two individuals who were absolutely integral to the Allied war effort during #worldwar2 both in Norway and on a global scale.... - Thank you to a key N75 supporter: @L3TRLpic.twitter.com/D2KdElXBTd
This week the team retraced the insertion route that the team from No.2 Commando/SOE took in 1942 in order to destroy the Glømfjord Power Plant.
This week we retraced the insertion route that the team from No.2 Commando/SOE took in 1942 in order to destroy the GlÃ¸mfjord Power Plant in Norway. - Check out our journey to find out more about this incredible piece of history: https://t.co/kaBK6BIotDpic.twitter.com/JtAZ9BA45h
Today the team paddled into Bjærangsfjord as they retraced the insertion route of the 1942 Commando raid, Operation Musketoon.
Today we paddled into BjÃ¦rangsfjord as we retrace the insertion route of the 1942 Commando raid, Operation Musketoon. Tomorrow we cross the Svartisen Glacier on foot as those Commandos did in 1942 during their infiltration to destroy the German controlled GlÃ¸mfjord power plant. pic.twitter.com/SuwUwSpcwW
Operation Claymore was a British Commando raid in 1941 targeting the production of fish oil and glycerine in the Lofoten Islands that supported the German war economy. This was a highly effective operation executed by @RoyalNavy, @RoyalMarines Commandos and various SOE assets. pic.twitter.com/E0nfU0Yw1p
Commence contingency planning for the strong winds that will hinder our third kayak phase commemorating the #ww2 Operation Claymore. None of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors such as @PatronCapital and @L3TRL back in the UK. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/0ynCkolDXT
Over the last 5 days, we have immersed ourselves in the epic 1943 escape and evasion of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud.
Over the last 5 days, we have immersed ourselves in the epic 1943 escape and evasion of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud. The sheer courage, determination and resilience of Jan and all those who supported his journey should be an inspiration to us all: https://t.co/Q4WRWNur5Bpic.twitter.com/VbOJxfDqyW
The teams 3-day paddle commemorating the escape of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud, has come to an end
Our 3 day paddle commemorating the escape of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud, has come to an end. We have received so much support and input into the story behind Janâs journey. For that, we canât thanks the members of the Norwegian Home Guard District-16 enough @Forsvaret_nopic.twitter.com/Oh9nK4mUMo
Whilst mobile phone coverage is absolutely amazing in Norway, it canât always be relied upon. Especially when you are operating at reach and you need to have that safety net in place. Thank you @inmarsatglobal for supporting our #satcomms on this historic endeavour. pic.twitter.com/mrmOthIwE9
Tomorrow morning we are back in the kayaks for 3 days and plan to paddle from TromsÃ¸ to Lyngseidet. This route is in-keeping and commemorative towards the 1943 escape and evasion of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud MBE. Some amazing first hand accounts to share later this week. pic.twitter.com/uijoZdPdeX
Over the last 36 hours, the team have brought to life the finer details of the 1943 Operation Source.
Over the last 36 hours weâve brought to life the finer details of the 1943 Operation Source. It was an honour to conduct a small memorial service for the lost @royalnavy crews of the X-Craft submarines followed by an intimate tour of the Tirpitz museum in KÃ¥fjord #wewillrememberpic.twitter.com/Fd4mZEK4hc
Our kayak leg to commemorate Operation Source - the @RoyalNavy midget submarine raid on the Nazi battleship, Tirpitz, in 1943 - was cut short due to foul weather. Itâs summer here. Allied troops faced these fjords mid-winter, under perpetual darkness and took the highest of risks pic.twitter.com/y0ZVaiY6TE
Albert ð³ð´ - an individual who epitomises #norwegian hospitality by going us a bed for the night and through family accounts, has brought to life some amazing history of how the Nazi Germany occupation impacted the local community in his area of Finnmark. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/o2zqo5k0jq
C/Sgt joined the Norway 75 team today. After being medically discharged from the Royal Marines in 2016 due to significant physical injury, The Royal Marines Charity has supported, and continues to support, his aspiration to become a professional sea kayak guide.
After scares of our kayak guide not making it out, he has finally joined us and pictured here briefing the team ahead of the first kayak phase commemorating Operation Source, 1943 - the @royalnavy raid that saw mini submarines X3, X5 and X7 disable the Nazi battleship, Tirpitz. pic.twitter.com/UWfcNpxSiM
T-1 before we set off and today has seen us fill bags, boxes, vehicles and trailers with all the kit we need to make our way down the coast. Starting at 0400 tomorrow, we have a 4 day drive to our start point..if we did that same trip East, we would end up just shy of Kazakhstan! pic.twitter.com/y9kvFDi4FW
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