Spirit of Resistance

Joachim Holmbore RØNNEBERG

Lieutenant Joachim Holmbore RØNNEBERG DSO Krigskorset

Norwegian Army, SOE

Left Occupied Norway in March 1941 by fishing boat to join Norwegian armed forces in the United Kingdom; appointed to lead the Gunnerside team to sabotage the German Heavy Water plant at Rjukan, Norway; parachuted 16/7 February 1943 and led the section that planted the explosives, then led his group on a 400 kilometre trek to the Swedish frontier; parachuted back to northern Norway in summer 1943 on Operation Fieldfare to prepare local resistance; after enduring great physical hardships for 18 months, forced by ill-health to return to England, March 1945.

Joachim Holmbore RØNNEBERG