Originally Posted by bobconnie
Haveing seen what was left of the Kon-Tiki after the trip, Im sorta glad I got there on my boat !! Just sayin these guys were tough!!
Way more so than most realize. Most of the crew were ex SOE commandos. Knut Haugland was one of Norway's most decorated resistance fighters, dropping into Norway
to run operations behind the lines and escaping via Sweden
on foot at least three times. Operation Grouse was conducted entirely by his SOE team, and it successfully kept the Germans from obtaining Norwegian heavy water
for their nuclear research project
, which may well have kept the Germans from developing the bomb before us.
These guys were hard as nails, and I like to think they viewed the expedition as a little light vacationing in the tropics after the years they put in skiing around the mountains in Norway
while being hunted by the SS and Gestapo. They didn't even have to kill any Nazi's!
For background on SOE and Grouse, read "Between Silk and Cyanide", by Leo Marks. Incredible insight into operations in Europe
during the war. Marks taught Haugland his code.
For a little view of Norwegian resistance fighting, watch "Max Manus". Great film on the resistance in Norway and how her freedom fighters operated out of England
Knut Haugland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia