Operasjon Rype 1945
Restoration of the headquarter
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.
The building that was used as the headquarters for Operasjon Rype was eventually in very poor condition after being empty for many years. Former commander of Trøndelag Home Guard HV-12 Ebbe Deraas therefore took the initiative to save the historic building. In the spring of 2018 the ambitious project of restoring the building began. Not only was the building in very poor condition, but Gjefsjøen mountain farm also lacks a road connection with the civilization.
During several work days in the spring and summer of 2018, the building and the timber box were dismantled before the timber was driven to the village by snowmobile. At the carpentry company Øverbygg in Snåsa, the timber box was set up indoor and the parts that could not be saved were replaced. In the winter of 2020, the timber was transported back to Gjefsjøen on a snowmobile before the time-consuming work of setting up the building again could begin. The building has now come up again on a new foundation wall and the original materials are reused to the extent possible so that the building can be preserved in the original appearance from when Operasjon Rype was carried out. Among those who have done a good piece of work in the project is the Youth Group from the Home Guard in Trøndelag. The restoration is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2021.
There has been considerable interest in supporting the project financially. Gjensidigestiftelsen, Nordenfjeldske Bykreditts Stiftelse, Stiftelsen UNI og Gunnar Sønsteby Minnefond have all made solid contributions to the work. The Colby family has also contributed a larger amount of money.
Project leader and board chairman: Ebbe Deraas
Phone +47 400 21 020
Board members are Kristian Nastad and Harald Sunde.
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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.