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Leidangen was an organisation for volunteer military education in Norway.[1] The organisation was started in 1931, and had its background in various 1920s volunteer organisations such as the Society Guard.[1][2] Leidangen differed from the former, in that Leidangen was integrated fully into Norway's military planning.[3] Its name was derived from the medieval levy Leidang. Leidangen received public support from 1933, including loan of weaponry, and was subordinated to a committee that was in part appointed by the state.[1] The organisation was dissolved in 1936.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Leidangen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 8 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Samfundsvernet". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 8 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Hoidal, Oddvar K. (1989). Quisling: a study in treason. Norwegian University. p. 52. ISBN 978-82-00-18400-3.