Books have been written, television features have been made, and there is a number of articles about Gjefsjøen and Operasjon Rype throughout the ages. Mostly in Norwegian. Feel free to tell us if there are more stories that should be added.

American War Memorials Overseas

16. September 2021

American War Memorials Overseas works to document, promote, and preserve non-government supported War Memorials honoring Americans outside of the USA to ensure these monuments remain part of local communities forever. Visit the website for Operasjon Rype’s headquarter at Gjefsjøen mountain farm. You can also follow American War Memorials in facebook.

Foto: Kristian Kapelrud, Heimevernet

Opening of the RYPE Headquarter September 3’th 2021

4. September 2021

In 2018, a handful of veterans from the Armed Forces Special Command together with former head of the Home Guard in Trøndelag Ebbe Deraas established the association “ OSS Gjefsjoen ”. In the summer of 2021, the reconstruction of the building that was the headquarters for the operation is completed. Friday, September 3, it was…

Home Guard youth’s volunteer efforts at OSS Gjefsjøen.

12. August 2021

Text: Torgrim Sund. Photo: Torgrim Sund, Kyrre Kraft and Ebbe Deraas Youth from two of the Home Guard’s youth departments in Trøndelag have this year contributed with solid volunteer efforts at OSS Gjefsjøen. “Mountain march summer 2021” started at Ismenningen in Snåsa, the goal was Gjefsjøen, and participation in volunteer work with other defense friends.…

courtesy Lt. Richard A. Bosch bracelet Carpetbagger Plukkutjønnfjellet operasjon Rype Military-com

Fallen US Bombardier’s Bracelet Tells Story Of Secret Missions to Norway in Last Days of WWII

5. July 2021

The slightly dented bracelet found at the back of a chest of drawers in a Norwegian attic bore testimony to an epic tale of daring secret missions behind Nazi lines to free Europe of Hitler’s Germany. Seventy-five years, its return to the family of its owner would be a saga all its own.  

Rype burying their fallen comrades at

Operation Rype, B-24 (“Cookie” 42-40549) Crash Site Memorial Pyramid

16. June 2021

Tidlig om morgenen 7. april 1945 krasjet et av flyene til Operasjon Rype på Plukkutjønnfjellet i Snåsa. Alle ombord omkom. Organisasjonen American War Memorials Overseas, Inc. har laget en informasjonsside for flyulykken og krasjstedet på Plukkutjønnfjellet.

Polansky Crew Carpetrbagger C-24 Operasjon Rype

Operation Rype, B-24 Liberator (42-50331) Crash Site Memorial

16. June 2021

Påskeaften den 30. mars 1945 styrtet et av flyene fra Operasjon Rype ved Kirkwall på Orknøyene. Organisasjonen American War Memorials Overseas, Inc. har laget en informasjonsside også for flyulykken og krasjstedet på Orknøyene.

Da NORSO invaderte Sverige.

When OSS NORSO invaded Sweden

5. June 2021

The five OSS NORSO Group members who accidentally “invaded” the Swedish village of Lien entered this house shortly after having been rather nicely arrested by a local police officer. I took this photo of Leif Oistad by the house back in 1999. Shortly after I took it we were invited inside the house, by the…

The unknown heroes from Operasjon Rype

2. June 2021

Easter evening 1945: Two southerners on a top secret mission die when their plane crashes in the Orkney Islands. The operation they were part of may have shortened World War II by several months. ARENDAL / FARSUND / KIRKWALL: – There are still remains here. It’s been a while since I’ve been here now… yes, look…

Voluntary work from the Homeguards youth department

18. May 2021

  Youths mountain march and voluntary work The youth department from Home guard in Trøndelag has contributed with a solid volunteer effort at OSS Gjefsjøen. In the summer of 2020, this year’s mountain march was added to Gjefsjøen and volunteer work on the project. The intention of HVU’s summer march 2020 was to develop skills, good…

Jørstad bru-sabotasjen

Time witness – a seven-year-old’s experiences from the Jørstad Bridge sabotage

2. May 2021

On 13 January 1945, the Norwegian sabotage group Woodlark carried out a sabotage operation against Jørstad bridge in Snåsa. Woodlark was British-led and included members of the Norwegian Independent Company No. 1 (Company Linge). Soldiers from Woodlark later joined the American-led Operation Rype. As a seven-year-old, Bjarne Aasum was a passenger on the first train…

Colby og Helgesen - Operasjon Rype

William Colby’s report from Operasjon Rype

8. April 2021

  “SAS operations in Norway: Skis and daggers” OSS Operation RYPE / NORSO During late 1944/early 1945 a sabotage mission to Norway was planned, with the name Operation RYPE (Norwegian for Grouse).  The main mission would be to destroy railroad lines in Norway making it impossible for the Germans to move their troops in Norway…

NRK- Armbåndet fra Operasjon Rype

NRK – The bracelet

6. April 2021

The chest of drawers in the great-granddad’s house hid a story of real courage and top-secret operations. That is until Jørn accidentally pulled out the top drawer of the dresser. Read the story about the bracelet form Operasjon Rype 

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.