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Old 14-02-2014, 18:52   #16
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

I read the book as a kid many years ago, it is what has me wanting to see the Pacific before I die. First movie is good, but old of course, second more of a movie but a little too Hollywood.
I haven't read the book in over 40 years, but movies can never compare to a book
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

Both movies can be seen either on Amazon or Netflix don't know which
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

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!!
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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.


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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
It would have added a lot to the movie if they had expanded more on the expedition members' backgrounds. Any good story benefits from giving it's characters some depth and maybe that is what was lacking in the film.
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