Four Royal Engineers

Just before Christmas 1945, a military court was held in Oslo. This court was convened by order of Major-General D.A.H. Graham, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, commanding British Land Forces Norway (BLFN) on 7 December 1945. This court was established to try five people in connection with the murder of four soldiers who where part of… Continue reading Four Royal Engineers

Falkenhorst Trial

General Nicolaus von Falkenhorst, formerly the Commander of German Forces in Norway, was tried for war crimes by the British at Brunswick, in Norway, from 29 July to 2 August 1946. The court was convened by the Commander 30 Corps District. The court consisted of a President, Major-General I.S.O Playfair, and four members: Captain C.S.B.… Continue reading Falkenhorst Trial

Operation Freshman

Operation Freshman was an operation mounted during the night of 19/20 November 1942, using gliders and Royal Engineer commandos. The purpose of the raid was to destroy a heavy water plant at Rjukan in Norway.The plan for the raid was to use gliders to land commandos with the knowledge and equipment to destroy the heavy… Continue reading Operation Freshman

Stanley Woodbridge, GC

Stanley James Woodbridge was born on 29 August 1921 in Chelsea, London, the son of James Henry and May Ashman Woodbridge, and the wife of Florence Edith Woodbridge, of Chingford, Essex. At the time of his death, Flight Sergeant Woodbridge was a member of 159 Squadron, based at RAF Digri, Bengal, India. On 31 January… Continue reading Stanley Woodbridge, GC

Pooley’s Revenge

Private Albert Leonard Pooley (2023903), originally from Southall, was a regular soldier in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Norfolk Regiment. With the rest of his comrades, Pooly had gone to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). It was through his dedicated desire to avenge his murdered comrades, that Lieutenant-Colonel Fritz Knoechlein… Continue reading Pooley’s Revenge