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Undetonated WW2 bomb uncovered in Norway

Road construction workers in Hedmark uncovered a bomb from World War 2 on Tuesday that the Norwegian Armed Forces said was likely used in the Germans’ attempts to attack to the fleeing Norwegian royal family.

Undetonated WW2 bomb uncovered in Norway
The road was blocked off after the discovery of the bomb. Photo: Forsvaret
“We don’t know exactly what kind of bomb it is but I think we are talking about a SC50 with 21-25 kilos of TNT in it,” Wiggo Korsvik, a staff officer at Norwegian Joint HQ, told Hamar Arbeiderblad
 
According to Korsvik, it's quite likely that the bomb was a remnant of a German offensive aimed at the royals near the start of the war. 
 
The discovery was made along Highway 3 near Åsta and a stretch of the road was shut off to traffic before responding police officers determined there was no danger of the undetonated bomb suddenly exploding. 
 
Korsvik said it was lucky for the construction workers that the bomb was German-made. 
 
“Fortunately it is German because they can take a real beating it definitely got one from the excavator. Such a thing can be scary if it had hit the bomb in the wrong place,” he said. 
 
Korsvik told Hamar Arbeiderblad that there are still hundreds of incidents every year in which bombs and ammunition from World War 2 pop up in Norway.
 

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Norwegian World War 2 hero dies aged 99

Norwegian war veteran, writer and historian Ragnar Leif Ulstein has died at the age of 99.

Norwegian World War 2 hero dies aged 99
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News of Ulstein’s passing was given by his son Anders Ulstein to news agency NTB on Wednesday.

Born on April 19th, 1920 in Møre and Romsdal countr, Ulstein was a prominent figure in the Norwegian resistance during World War 2.

He was a lieutenant in the British military division Linge Company, also known as Norwegian Independent Company 1.

The division consisted of Norwegian volunteers who participated in British-led operations in Norway during the war as well as the organization and leadership of the Norwegian resistance.

Norway’s defence minister Frank Bakke-Jensen expressed his regret at the news and noted Ulstein was one of the last surviving witnesses of the period.

“He experienced some of the most dramatic episodes in Norwegian war history and was a highly decorated commander in the Linge Company,” Bakke-Jensen said to NTB.

Ulstein participated in several operations, including Operation Anklet, a raid on the Lofoten Islands in December 1941; and in a sabotage campaign against a supply and troop ship in the Nordgulen fjord in 1943.

After the war, he worked as a journalist, writer and scholar, and wrote several books on Norwegian participation in World War 2.

READ ALSO: Resistance hero Gunnar Sønsteby dies aged 94

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