Lars Gyllenhaal. Poto: Lars Bugge Aarset
Lars Gyllenhaal. Poto: Lars Bugge Aarset

The Swedish war historian Lars Gyllenhaal has visited Trøndelag. He is writing an article for the Swedish newspaper “Hemvärnet” about Gjefsjøen Mountain Farm, OSS Gjefsjoen, and Task Force Rype HV-12.

Gyllenhaal has written several books about Swedish military history, where he also writes about OSS special operations in Scandinavia. In May, Gyllenhaal will release the book “Unsung War Traces – Did Sweden Participate in World War II?”, where he shares several unknown stories about how Sweden was more involved in World War II than previously known. The book includes a dedicated chapter on Operations Woodlark and Rype.

Even Husby, Carl Einar Brønn, and Bengt Rotmo from the Home Guard's Task Force Rype. Photo: Lars Gyllenhaal
Even Husby, Carl Einar Brønn, and Bengt Rotmo from the Home Guard’s Task Force Rype. Here by the aircraft engine from the accident at Plukkutjønnfjellet. It is now located at Værnes. Photo: Lars Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal visited Trondheim, Værnes, Snåsa, and Tangen Bru and conducted interviews with Carl Einar Brønn, Even Husby, and Bengt Egil Rotmo from the Home Guard’s Task Force Rype, Frode Lindgjerdet at the Defense Museum Rustkammeret, Kristian Nastad, and Lars Bugge Aarset at OSS Gjefsjøen.

Frode Lindgjerdet, Lars Gyllenhaal and Lars Bugge Aarset

Gyllenhaal took the opportunity to conduct an interview with the officer and author Dag Inge Korstad, who is currently launching the book En kald kriger dør – mysteriet Ola Dan Eide”, (“A Cold Warrior Dies – The Mystery of Ola Dan Eide”), a book that has already received a lot of attention before its release.

WW2 sabotage

Operasjon rype

In the last months of the war during spring 1945. Gjefsjøen Mountain Farm was a central location as part of the sabotage operation "Operasjon Rype". The saboteurs had their headquarter at the farm. Operasjon Rype's mission was to sabotage the railroad through Trøndelag and Snåsa. Today Home Guard's task force "Rype" is named after the operation.

Restoring of Operasjon Rype's headquarter

OSS Gjefsjøen

The building which was headquarter for Operation Rype was in bad shape after standing empty for years. OSS Gjefsjøen are now restoring the building. The association OSS Gjefsjøen will convey the story of Operasjon Rype which in the final phase of World War II operated from its base on Gjefsjøen mountain farm. The building will be restored in the original appearance from when Operasjon Rype was carried out.

Licour based on local herbs and plants from Gjefsjøen

Gjefsjø­akevitt (Aquavit)

Distilled at Inderøy Brenneri (distillery) based on pure water, plants, herbs and botanicals from Gjefsjøen Mountain Farm. Made as a tribute to the heros from Operasjon Rype who had their base at Gjefsjøen in the end og World War II.