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Norwegian World War 2 hero dies aged 99

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The Local - [email protected] • 4 Dec, 2019 Updated Wed 4 Dec 2019 17:50 CEST
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Norwegian war veteran, writer and historian Ragnar Leif Ulstein has died at the age of 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.

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