The war sailors monument
War memorial 1940–1945
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.