chapter  6
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SOE and Milorg: ‘Thieves on the same market’: Ivar Kraglund


When Norway was occupied the king and government established themselves in Great Britain along with numerous other toppled regimes. There were, however, important differences between the Norwegians and other exiles. The Norwegian government was very strong both constitutionally and economically – it was even able to pay for itself. The question soon arose how best to participate in the struggle for freedom. This chapter will concentrate on the relationship between the Norwegians and one of the secret agencies involved with resistance and arguably the most active and prominent, the Special Operations Executive. I will also use one particular SOE mission, ‘Anvil’, as a generic example of the numerous problems experienced through this long-lasting relationship.