Dramatic war story of the first allied full-scale Combined Operations, where the Navy Air Force and Command Soldiers attacked simultaneously, in the same limited operation and under a joint leadership. “The Måløy Raid”, with the code name "Archery" - became an important and strategic victory for the Allies, over Hitler's Nazi army, and the start of Hitler's defeat during World War II. In the centre the story will set you back in time, with authentic movies, photos, sounds, odors, objects and graphic design.
Captain Martin Linge
Here you can follow the life of Martin Linge from his upbringing until he lost his life in The Måløy Raid, just 47 years old. Martin Linge was a versatile man. He debuted as an actor, but most known as an officer and opponent during World War II.
King Olav of Norway said in his speech: "Captain Martin Linge is one of Norway's great sons - we all are in debt to Captain Martin Linge."
In this section you will come to know why and how, Captain Martin Linge built and led a company of volunteer young Norwegian soldiers in the UK. How they fought their resistance struggle in the Nazi-occupied Norway. Kompani Linge performed many tough and secret operations, sabotages and espionages in Norway during World War II.
The Shetland “buses”
Through the war years 1940-1941, 312 boats fled with more than 4000 people from the Norwegian coast to Shetland, Scotland and England. In the fall of 1940, the best 20-30 boats, according to provisions made by Captain Martin Linge and SOE, were put into secret traffic between Shetland and Norway, with secret agents / saboters and gunmen from company Linge. The boats got the name "Shetland buses", and the volunteer crew (100 men), who manned the boats, was stationed in Shetland and called the "Shetlands gang"
In 1943, the "Shetland gang" was placed under the Norwegian Navy in England. They got 3 new fast-paced boat hunters, KNM Vigra, KNM Hessa and KNM Hitra, who were put into the important and secret North Sea traffic. Many Norwegians who want or had to flee from occupied Norway became "Shetland buses" to Shetland freedom.
A well-known skipper on the Shetlands bus, with 54 trips across the North Sea, was Leif Larsen, "Shetlands-Larsen from Bergen. Larsen was the skipper on the "Shetland bus" KNM Vigra, until the end of the war.