Norwegian High Command

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The Norwegian High Command (Norwegian: Forsvarets Overkommando, FO) was Norway's top military leadership from 1970 to 2003. It was first established in Northern Norway in 1940 by General Otto Ruge. It was then re-established by the Norwegian Government-in-exile in London in 1942, lasting until 1946. The High Command was re-established in 1970, lasting until 2003, when a different organization was established.[1]

World War II[edit]

The Norwegian High Command was re-established on 6 February 1942. Wilhelm von Tangen Hansteen was Chief of Defence until 1 July 1944, when Crown Prince Olav took over.[2]


Among the offices were


  1. ^ "Forsvarets overkommando". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Nøkleby, Berit (1995). "Forsvarets Overkommando, FO". In Dahl, Hjeltnes, Nøkleby, Ringdal, Sørensen. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Cappelen. pp. 114–115. ISBN 82-02-14138-9. 
  3. ^ a b Njølstad p.145