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Norway discovers a sunken passenger ship hijacked by the Nazis 82 years ago

Norway discovers a sunken passenger ship hijacked by the Nazis 82 years ago

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On 10 May 1940, the Nazi-conquered Hurtigruten DS Nord-Norge sank off Hemnesberget after a dramatic skirmish with the British Navy. Now, the ship has finally been located and filmed by a drone – at a depth of 280 meters.

A Norwegian cruise ship hijacked by the Nazis and used as a Trojan horse in a false flag operation was discovered at the bottom of the sea after 82 years.

The Hurtigruten DS Nord-Norge, sunk during the dark days of May 1940, was found off the coast of Hemnes at a depth of 280 meters, about 200 meters from the quay, by the diving company Seløy Undervannsservice, in collaboration with local, national divers reported the broadcaster NRK.

Since this is too deep for divers, the company used underwater drones to obtain footage and make the necessary measurements. Divers have pledged to release the footage shortly.

The DS Nord-Norge was built in 1924 and was refurbished and put into traffic along a coastal route by Hurtigruten in 1936.

On May 8, 1940, following Hitler’s invasion of Norway, Nord-Norge set sail from the Trondheim fjord, carrying 300 Alpine hunters and Austrian marines on board. The ship was hijacked by the Nazis and was to be used as a Trojan horse in the attack on Trondheim. The operation was approved by Hitler himself and was codenamed “Operation Wild Duck”.

However, as he approached Hemnesberget, he was attacked by Scottish troops. Fierce fighting ensued, with heavy casualties on both sides. After several hits from the destroyer HMS Zulu and the light cruiser HMS Calcutta, the Nord-Norge sank first astern, just like the Titanic. According to historical accounts, the arch was in the air for several meters vertically. According to the same reports, he took parts of the quay with him.

“Hijacking the Hurtigruten and using it like this as the Germans did here is a unique phenomenon, I know of no other examples,” World War II journalist, writer and scholar Alf Jacobsen told NRK.

The street battles that followed are also described as unique in Norwegian war history, as Norwegian and British soldiers launched ferocious counterattacks against the Nazis, allowing the allies to buy time in the Battle of Narvik, often described as Hitler’s first defeat. .

In all, the Hurtigruten Company lost five ships during the first six weeks of the war.

The sunken ship has been animating the locals for decades. Local divers have been looking for it for years, but without success.

“We’ve been talking about it for 80 years. We finally saw the ship. It’s a fantastic experience, “Torbjørn Skjæran of the local history association told NRK.” It was cool. I was left with tears in my eyes. It was special to look into the wheelhouse and into everything that was intact. similar had been wiped out. “

Ina Therese Trælnes of the local dive company Visit Plura is no less enthusiastic.

“It was completely epic. Fantastic images. I am very impressed, and this is very important for Norwegian history, “she said.