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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Royal Marine Norwegian raids

The team journeyed by bicycle, sea kayak and boat to visit the sites of six heroic WWII operations, raising over £27,000 for charity.

Starting at the most North Eastern point of Norway, the self sufficient team cycled an average of 200km a day and sea kayaked up to 50km a day in order to cross the length of the country’s coastline and retell heroic stories of WWII Combined Commando/SOE operations in unique and captivating ways.

This culminated in a 75th Anniversary commemoration of the infamous Telemark raids – the successful Allied operation that halted Nazi Germany’s program to create a nuclear weapon.

Throughout the challenge, the Norway 75 team raised money for the Royal Marines Charity and its efforts to support good mental health.

The Raids

Linking up with the Norwegian Home Guard, local historians and families who with intricate connections to the various operations, the Norway 75 team revisited the locations and stories of several Commando raids.

Operation Source, 1943

Operation Source was a series of attacks to neutralise the heavy German warships – Tirpitz, Scharnhorst and Lützow – based in northern Norway, using X-class midget submarines.

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Operation Martin, 1943

Jan Baalsrud was the only survivor of a Norwegian commando team ambushed by the Nazis during World War II. Wounded and with the Germans in pursuit, Baalsrud escaped and miraculously...

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Operation Claymore, 1941

Operation Claymore was the code name for a British commando raid on the Lofoten Islands in Norway during the Second World War. The Lofoten Islands were an important centre for the...

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Operation Musketoon, 1942

Operation Musketoon was the codeword for an Anglo-Norwegian raid in the Second World War. The operation was mounted against the German-held Glomfjord power...

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Operation Archery, 1941

Operation Archery, also known as the Måløy Raid, was a British Combined Operations raid during World War II against German positions on the island of Vågsøy...

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Operation Gunnerside, 1941

In February 1943, a team of SOE-trained Norwegian commandos succeeded in destroying the production facility with a second attempt, Operation Gunnerside...

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The Route

Beginning in the far North and finishing in the village of Rjukan in the Hardangervidda National Park, the N75 team embarked on a challenging 2000 mile journey by sea and by land - Per Mare Per Terram.

Operating out of their mobile Land Rover base camp, they cycled up to 150 miles a day and completed remote, overnight sea kayak stages, for an overall journey time of 38 days. Throughout, the team visited a number of heroic WWII combined Commando raids to retell their stories in unique and captivating ways, including the commemoration of the ‘Heroes of Telemark’ 75th Anniversary.

Key

  • Operation Location
  • Bicycle
  • Sea Kayak
  • Boat

The Team

Tim - Team Leader

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Lucy

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Ric

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Rodge

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Rich

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John

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Dave

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Lee - N75 Sea Kayak Guide

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The Charity

The N75 team aim to raise as much awareness as possible for the Royal Marines Charity and their efforts to support good mental health. Despite their rigorous selection and training, and a lower proportion of Royal Marines suffering mental ill-health compared to the rest of Defence, they are more likely to suffer from PTSD.

Over 1,000 Royal Marines have been diagnosed with mental illness in the last 10 years, with veterans and reservists showing higher rates. This is a 95% increase on the previous decade. There is also growing evidence of secondary trauma in the families of those suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses.

In 2018, the Charity will begin development of the Royal Marines Support Hub located at the Commando Training Centre in Devon; effectively a ‘one stop shop’ that can provide a range of practical and emotional support to the RM family. This will include a place for support network volunteers to train, hosting of group welfare sessions and activities, career workshops focussed on those medically discharged, and drop in services for the entire RM family.

The anticipated total of eligible users is estimated to be 43,000 [including veterans, their dependants and the local communities], and with the Royal Marines Support Hub planned to operate for at least 30 years this could see upwards of 50,880 serving personnel and their families benefit from the building.

We currently seek to support our families and deliver these essential services through a series of ad-hock events and support networks. These suffer from the absence of a dedicated facility. The planned Royal Marines Support Hub will deliver a cost effective multi-role facility which will act as a focal point and an incredibly valuable resource which can be used by CTCRM’s diverse service personnel and also the wider Corps Family.

Col. Mike Tanner

Commandant CTCRM

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