Doomsday - Liberation of Norway May 1945

Remembrance Sunday at Vestre gravlund Cemetery, Oslo, Norway on 13th November 2016.

The British Ambassador to Norway, Sarah Gillett CMG CVO, read the poem "We Will Remember Them" before she laid the first wreath, followed by Representatives from the Commonwealth, Ireland and the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Dr Brian Russell, Senior Chaplain of the Anglican Chaplaincy in Norway, introduced an Act of Remembrance and read a passage of scripture.

The wreath layers were:

HE Queen Anne Zondo, South African Ambassador
HE Artur Maks Wilczynski, Canadian Ambassador
HE Mr Debraj Pradhan, Indian Ambassador
Mr Jerry O'Donovan, Irish Deputy Head of Mission
Mr Peter Vaughan, President, AAN, representing Australian Ambassador, Copenhagen

Mr Kjell Olsen, representing the Norwegian Naval Veterans Association
Mr Hagbard Falck, representing the Norwegian Air Force Veterans Association
Ms Anniken Johnsen, representing the Oslo Branch of NVIO (Norwegian Veterans Association)

Historical Information - Vestre gravlund Cemetery, the Commonwealth War grave plot:
During the Second World War, Norway was of strategic importance to the Germans. Their invasion on 9 April 1940 was sudden and widespread and despite Allied intervention, the entire country was under German occupation by early June. Thereafter, Allied activity in Norway was confined to raids and special operations, with the Commonwealth air forces providing support to Norwegian resistance groups until the German capitulation in May 1945. There are no Commonwealth war cemeteries in Norway, those who died there being buried in civil cemeteries and churchyards.

Many of the graves in the Commonwealth plot at Oslo Western Civil Cemetery are of airmen shot down whilst attacking Oslo airport at Fornebu. The majority of the remaining soldiers and airmen were killed in air crashes during the airborne landings at Oslo, 43 having lost their lives on 10 May 1945, the day of liberation.

In all, the war graves plot contains 101 Commonwealth burials.

The Cross of Sacrifice was unveiled in November 1949 by General Otto Ruge, who commanded the Norwegian Army at the time of the German invasion in April 1940. Facing the Cross of Sacrifice on the opposite side of the front path, outside the plot, stands a memorial erected by the City of Oslo in honour of the men of the Commonwealth forces who died in Norway during the Second World War. It represents the figure of a mourning woman and was unveiled by His Majesty King Olav of Norway in June 1960.


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Doomsday - Liberation of Norway May 1945

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Are you a relative or have any onformation about the 48 men, or the Operation Doomsday in general? Please contact: stirlingLK147(at)
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8 May 1945 was VE Day. The Allied forces carried out OPERATION DOOMSDAY the same day. Mission: to Liberate Norway. Over 360.000 heavily armed Nazi German forces still occupied Norway, as they had done for the last five years since 9 April 1940.

The Allied engaged a massive invasion of Norway, that brought 30.000 Allied soldiers to Norway through sea and air. On May 10 1945 three Short Stirling Aricraft crashed enroute to Gardermoen Airfield on their mission to Liberate Norway. 48 men died on that very same day.

The men had fought hard and survived bomb raids, supply drops, air battles, D-day, the heavy Battles in Arnhem, and then they lost their lives two days after VE day.

The videoes, and videos to come, will give you the story.

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