The war sailors monument

War memorial 1940–1945

  • War sailors honoured at Bygdøynes
    War sailors honoured at Bygdøynes In 2015, Fabian Stang, Mayor of Oslo, presided over the award of the Government’s memorial medal for efforts during World War II to Peter Hide, Jan Ørner and Fritjof Remøe (left to right). Espen Wæhle/Norsk Maritimt Museum
  • Laying of wreaths on 17 May
    Laying of wreaths on 17 May In 2017, the programme for the celebration of Constitution Day included laying of wreaths at the War Sailors Monument. Jan Egeland, General Secretary of the Norwegian Refugee Council, held a speech and Oslo Women’s Choir performed. Heidi Thöni Sletten/Norsk Maritimt Museum
  • Laying of wreaths on 8 May
    Laying of wreaths on 8 May Each 8 May, which is now the official Liberation and Veterans’ Day, a wreath is laid and speeches are held at the monument. This motif is from 2015 when Foreign Minister Børge Brende was speaking on behalf of the Norwegian government. Espen Wæhle/Norsk Maritimt Museum
  • Beate Kjørslevik/Norsk Maritimt Museum

The words are those of Winston Churchill. Such was his assessment of the effort made by sailors on board Norwegian ships during World War II. 

Many thousands of them died, and many of the survivors were maimed for life. Their contemporaries showed little understanding of the ordeal they had gone through.

This memorial, made by Joseph Grimeland (1916–2002), was unveiled by HM King Olav V in 1980. 

After more than 30 years of silence and invisibility, the memorial marked a nascent recognition of the Norwegian war sailors. The initiative for its erection had to come from the sailors themselves.

  • Speech at the War Sailors Monument 2017
    Speech at the War Sailors Monument 2017 Siv Jensen, Minister of Finance, held the official speech at the War Sailors Monument on 8 May 2017 on behalf of the Government. Espen Wæhle/Norsk Maritimt Museum
  • Ole Torp speaking at the War Sailors Monument
    Ole Torp speaking at the War Sailors Monument The journalist Ole Torp was keynote speaker at the War Sailors Monument on 8 May 2017. Espen Wæhle/Norsk Maritimt Museum