Olaf Rye

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Olaf Rye

Olaf Rye (16 November 1791, Bø, Telemark – 6 July 1849, Fredericia) was a Norwegian-Danish military officer. He served as a major-general and played a decisive role in the 1849 Battle of Fredericia which broke the Schleswig-Holstein siege of the town. He died during this battle and is considered a Danish war hero. He is buried at the military Garrison Cemetery in Copenhagen..

His brother Johan Henrik Rye was a civil servant and politician in Norway.[1]

Olaf is also the first known ski jumper. In 1809, he launched himself 9.5 metres in the air in front of an audience of other soldiers.

Places and things named in his honour[edit]


  • This article is based on the corresponding articles on the Danish and Norwegian Wikipedias.
  • Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (Danish)
  1. ^ a b c Ryes gate. Hosted by Kongsberg municipality.
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