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The text reads "his last post was as a corporal in the Norwegian home guard." I find that hard to believe and would like som source given to support that. As with other armies if you retire as a General you keep that rank. Corporal is the second lowest rank in the Norwegian Army. If Ruge was so ceverely demoted he would have to have been court martialed or something equally dramatic. I have not seen any mention of this in other sources. More information is needed. Inge 19:59, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Yes, I also find this hard to believe. -- Nidator 14:18, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
It is, in fact, true. He wasn't demoted as such, though. He had to resign from the army in 1946, but volunteered for the Home Guard(which was established in 1946), which was another branch of the service. He demanded to serve as a private soldier. He was "promoted" to corporal after a short while, though. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any available sources on the net right now, I'll see what I can dig up though. Edit: Yep, here it is: http://www.nuav.net/personalitiesr.html
I am still not convinced. I would like to see where this web page gets its information from. A "generalship" is an appointment by king-in-council and as such the rank and title remains with the holder when he is granted an honourable discharge from his post. So he would still be a general. Of course there is a possibility that he walked around in the Home Guard with corporal insignia, but serving as a regular soldier at the age of 64...I at least want to know the whole story with a reputable source first.Inge (talk) 08:01, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
Well, I can't dig them up on the net just now. Perhaps you'd be able to find something in books about him. I'll keep searching and get back to you, but I wouldn't dismiss it outright. Stranger things have happened.....18.104.22.168 (talk) 19:30, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
They sure have :) Thank you! I will try to find time to look into it and look forward to seeing anything you can dig up. Inge (talk) 11:36, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
Unfortunately, the source seems to be an old issue of "HV-bladet"(Home Guard-Magazine), which I don't have. So I won't be able to provide any links. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 11:33, 19 April 2008 (UTC)