Tag Archives: Red Army

The youths who pushed the Nazis out of Norway

On a  similar theme to the previous post, another member of the circle of enthusiasts sharing stories about the war in northern Norway has posted some pictures of the Red Army soldiers preparing for their offensive against the Nazis. Maybe … Continue reading

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Liberation celebrations planned for weekend in Kirkenes, northern Norway

Armed police will seal off the streets of Kirkenes this weekend for the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the town by the Red Army. On Friday a private jet will bring in the Russian Foreign Minister … Continue reading

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Dark secrets and death camps: in the footsteps of the doomed at the Lyngen Line

I woke up to rain and dark clouds on my second day in the Lyngen Alps, a beautiful if brooding region of mountains and fjords where busloads of tourists flock each year to see the Northern Lights. That sense of … Continue reading

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Coastal bunker in ‘Paradise Lost’ reveals dark chapter of Soviet PoWs in Nazi-held Norway

If I had 100 Norwegian kroner (about £10) for every wartime bunker I’ve been to in the past fortnight, I would be a rich man. If nothing else, I am struck by the immense project to militarise Norway that went … Continue reading

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Still crying for her mother and father: 70 years and Hopseidet remains raw

The wind is gusting gale force and whips the door of my borrowed old Mitsubishi Galant out of my hands as I get out to greet the man who will translate my next encounter, Alf Helge Jensen, deputy editor and … Continue reading

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Once a burnt town, now Hammerfest’s a boom town

I guess it was the story of Hammerfest being burned to the ground that sparked my initial interest in writing ‘Scorched Earth Stories’, my book about the destruction of the north of Norway by the retreating German Army in 1944. … Continue reading

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‘It was absolutely normal for me to grow up playing with ammunition.’

I’ve come to realise things are a little different in Kirkenes. The older population was driven half-crazy by the bombing and the fear and stress of war, and then the younger generation had their own war: against the other kids. … Continue reading

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