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The war events at Telavåg make chilling reading, but have been summed up by the Norwegians in the phrase

"They burnt our homes,
    they killed our men"

Probably the worst act of reprisal was the assault on the fishing village of Telavåg in the spring of 1942. 

Two Gestapo officers had been shot and killed there on the 26th April 1942 by two men brought over from Shetland.

One of the agents, Arne Vaerum, was also killed in the ensuing battle, the other agent being Emil G Hvaal. They had come from Shetland, and landed outside Telavåg earlier that month.

They both belonged to the Norwegian Independent Company Number 1, popularly known as the Linge company (Kompani Linge).  This company was specially trained in Scotland for missions to occupied Norway. 

The German retaliation for this shooting was terrible.  The male population of Telavåg was sent to a concentration camp where 31 of them died.  The women and children from the village were interned.  The village itself was levelled to the ground.

 

M/S Fernanda M/S Fernanda
Reichkommisar Josef Terboven and his officers in Telavåg, 30th April 1942 Reichkommisar Josef Terboven and his officers in Telavåg, 30th April 1942
Laurits and Martha Telle´s house Laurits and Martha Telle´s house
Destroying Laurits Telle´s house, 30th April 1942 Destroying Laurits Telle´s house, 30th April 1942
The boys and men (from 16 years - 60 years old) and their first steps towards Sachsenhausen The boys and men (from 16 years - 60 years old) and their first steps towards Sachsenhausen concentration camp
The burning of Telavåg The burning of Telavåg
The elderly people were interned at the Framnes school in Hardanger (Summer 1942 - 17th May 1944) The elderly people were interned at the Framnes school in Hardanger (Summer 1942 - 17th May 1944)
Some of the Telavåg-prisoners at the Storetveit school Some of the Telavåg-prisoners at the Storetveit school
The children are having a meal at the Storetveit school, where they were interned at first (May 1942 - August 1942) The children are having a meal at the Storetveit school, where they were interned at first (May 1942 - August 1942)
Most of the children at Framnes, Hardanger Most of the children at Framnes, Hardanger
One of the children from Telavåg One of the children from Telavåg
One of the oldest ladies from Telavåg One of the oldest ladies from Telavåg
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