Ah, yes, you are absolutely right. I also omitted/forgot to mention a 2. Police Company which participated alongside the Schibatallion in the bloody battles around the Kaprolat and Hasselmann hills in Karelia where out of 200 men, 120 soldiers were killed while 23 died in Soviet prison camps - only around 15 POW veterans of the battle returned to Norway between the fall of 1945 and 1953. I actually have no idea how I forgot to mention the Schibatallion in my initial post because I've read several Norwegian books on the subject.
In 2004 and 2005 a Norwegian-Russian research team traveled to Kaprolat and found a lot of items and remains of Norwegian soldiers - pictures of their findings can be seen here: http://home.hib.no/mediesenter/nordiki/kaprolat2.htm
A documentary was also made about Wolfgang Windingstad's experiences on Kaprolat. He managed to escape from the battle after losing most of his comrades and decided to commit suicide with his Mauser rifle, but the bullet missed his heart and he was soon after captured by Soviet forces. He was released from Gulag in 1953.
The documentary is available on https://tv.nrk.no/serie/brennpunkt/oaua ... 24-02-2009
# but it's only in Norwegian and I have no idea if it even works outside of Norway. Plenty of interesting footage. A short clip from the documentary can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlh4UMXxzFg
- He describes where his foxhole was and where the first mortar shells landed.
Interesting! I live near Oslo. My aunt lives in Trondheim (and my father was born there) and there are some German barracks around 15 minutes of walking from her house. There are actually plenty of German barracks still standing in Norway and are commonly used for gatherings such as birthday parties, wedding parties etc. I celebrated my girlfriend's aunt's 50th birthday in old Heer barracks in Kongsvinger!