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Encyclopedia > Gunnar Sønsteby

Gunnar Sønsteby (born 11 January 1918) is known as a Norwegian resistance fighter during World War II. Known also as Kjakan and No. 24, he participated in the resistance effort from 1940. After saboteur training in England in 1943, he became head of the Kompani Linge group in Oslo. January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... During World War II the Norwegian resistance movement (both civilian resistance and some units of armed resistance, notably the Milorg and the Company Linge) became very active after German attempts to install a puppet government under Vidkun Quisling. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Norwegian Independent Company 1 (NOR.I.C.1, also Norisen) was a SOE group formed in March of 1941 for the purpose of perfoming commando raids in occupied Norway. ...


Operating in occupied territory, and being high on the Gestapo list of wanted men, Sønsteby became a master of disguise. He operated under 30 to 40 different names and identities, and the Germans did not acquire his real name before near the end of the war. They were never able to catch him. The Gestapo was the official secret police force of Nazi Germany. ...


Sønsteby is the most highly decorated citizen of Norway in history, being the only Norwegian awarded the War Cross with Three Swords.


External links

  • No24 home page (http://www.no24.no/?t=english)

 
 

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