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.

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 

Tunbalderbrå - Pineapple mayweed

How the pineapple came to Gjefsjøen

30. March 2021

In his notes from Operasjon Rype William Colby tells a story about pineapple “Our base was 30 miles away, and we reached it skiing from tree to tree, stopping only for rest. Overhead, German spotters were looking for us, and I promised the men we would lie low, keep out of sight, and sleep. But…

Almost home

“Almost home” book by David W. Earl

8. March 2021

Almost Home: The Story of the B-24 Crash at Walliwall Orkney – 31 March 1945 Paperback – 25 Jun. 2011 by David W. Earl (Author, Contributor) ALMOST HOME By David W.Earl. This book is the result of over 14 years research and tells the story behind the worst aviation accident in Orkney history, that of…

Kampen om Nordlandsbanen

Book – Kampen om Nordlandsbanen (in Norwegian)

8. March 2021

Av Frode Lindgjerdet In September 1944, Finland and the Soviet Union made peace. The German troops in Finland were forced out and withdrew through Norway. This made Nordlandsbanen strategically important. The Allies feared that this was the start of a major withdrawal from Norway and that the 300,000 German soldiers in Norway would be deployed…

Etikett Gjefsjøakevitt - Design Heidi Holje

Design and graphic artwork by Heidi Holje

20. February 2021

Label design and graphic artwork by artist Heidi Holje. In the village Kapp by the lake Mjøsa, Heidi works with different types of art, design, graphic artwork and painting. She is also a lecturer in upper secondary school and arranges different types of courses in art and painting. The design is based on original maps…

the sabotage operation

Operasjon rype

In the last months of the war in 1945, Gjevsjøen was a central place in connection with the sabotage operation Rype. The saboteurs had their base on the mountain farm. Operation Rype's goal was to sabotage the railway to delay the withdrawal of German troops. The Home Guard's current task force "Grouse" has taken its name after the operation.

restoration of the Rype headquarter

OSS Gjefsjøen

An extensive project is now underway to restore the building that was the headquarters of Operasjon Rype during the war. Planned completion and opening during fall of 2021.