19 June 2023
Lofoten War Memorial Museum has had a nice visit from Martine Linge. She is the granddaughter of Martin Linge, who is one of Norway’s most famous personalities from World War II.
Martin Linge also participated in the Lofoten raid on 4 March 1941. In addition, 51 other Norwegians whom Linge had selected participated. Magnar Pettersen, who participated as a soldier in 1940 and who became a leader in the resistance work in Svolvær and Kabelvåg, came with the camera early in the raid outside the old post office where the museum is today. There he met a tall “handsome” Englishman.
Magnar, who had taken Lingaphone’s English course, said: “Is it allowed to take pictures?”
But the Englishman simply dismissed him with: “Get that camera away or it will go to sea!”
It was Martin Linge he had encountered.
It was also Linge who organized the attack on Arbeideren in Kabelvåg, where over 10 Germans belonging to a radio station under the Luftwaffe were taken prisoner. Martin Linge lost his life the same year on 27 December at the Måløy raid. After his death, the force was named after him and was named Kompani Linge.
After the war we also got the Linge club, which had its own house at Akershus. The leader of Lofoten War Memorial Museum has also been there and held a lecture in 1999 and personally knew several people in this noble club. Martin Linge is also exhibited at Lofoten War Memorial Museum. Therefore, the visit of Martine Linge was extra pleasant for us.