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First a 360 degree view from Signe­ham­na im Lil­lie­höökfjord, the wes­tern inner branch in Krossfjord. We are stan­ding next to the remains of two Ger­man wea­ther sta­ti­ons from the dark times of the Second World War. Wea­ther data were of high impor­t­ance then for mili­ta­ry ope­ra­ti­ons, and as no civi­li­an net­work of meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal sta­ti­ons was avail­ab­le any­mo­re, the Ger­man mili­ta­ry stri­ved to get their own data from the north Atlan­tic, whe­re much of the wea­ther of nor­thwes­tern Euro­pe is com­ing from.

In autumn 1941, the Ger­man Kriegs­ma­ri­ne (navy) estab­lis­hed a wea­ther sta­ti­on cal­led “Knos­pe” (“bud”, after the sta­ti­on lea­der, who­se name was Knoe­s­pel), whe­re 6 men win­te­red. In 1942-43, “Nuss­baum” fol­lo­wed (“nut tree”, after sta­ti­on com­man­der Nus­ser). In June 1943, short­ly befo­re “Nuss­baum” was picked up again, a group of Nor­we­gi­an sol­di­ers dis­co­ve­r­ed the Ger­man pre­sence in Signe­ham­na. Shots were fired, and one Ger­man died. The sub­ma­ri­ne that soon came to pick the Ger­mans up dis­co­ve­r­ed the Nor­we­gi­an boat in Nils­pol­len, the small bay direct­ly south of Signe­ham­na, and ope­ned fire. The boat sank, and one Nor­we­gi­an drow­ned during his attempt to reach the shore. Bloo­dy war events in the see­min­gly pris­ti­ne arc­tic sur­roun­dings of Krossfjord.

Two more pan­or­amic views (not 360 degrees) of Signe­ham­na in Lil­lie­höökfjord. In late Sep­tem­ber 2012, win­ter had alrea­dy moved in.


By the way:

New book

my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!


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last modification: 2017-12-23 · copyright: Rolf Stange