Ole Reistad

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Ole Imerslun Reistad
Ole Imerslun Reistad.jpg
Reistad as an oberstløytnant
Born 26 June 1898
Furuset, Oslo, Norway
Died 22 December 1949
Allegiance Norway
Years of service 1921 - 1949
Rank Oberst (Colonel) of the Royal Norwegian Army from 1946
Commands held Commander of:
• The Scout Flight at Kjeller Airport (1939-1940)
Norwegian Army Air Service (1940)
Little Norway training camp (1941-1945)
• Norwegian Air Command North (1945-1949)
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Egebergs Ærespris
Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav
Other work Olympic athlete
Aviation leader

Ole Imerslun Reistad (26 June 1898 – 22 December 1949) was a Norwegian military officer and accomplished sports person. He competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in modern pentathlon, and also became Norwegian champion in the sport. He competed in military patrol at the 1928 Winter Olympics, winning the competition. During World War II he was leader of the training camp Little Norway in Canada.

Personal life[edit]

Reistad was born in Aker; the son of Christen Reistad and Gudborg Imerslun. He was married to Bergljot Huseby from 1927. He died in Oslo in 1949, only 51 years old.[1]

Sports career[edit]

In the pentathlon he finished fourteenth at the 1920 Summer Olympics[2] and became Norwegian champion in 1922.[3] He also participated in the 1928 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in the demonstration event military patrol. He was also the Norwegian flag bearer at the opening ceremony. In 1922, he was awarded the prestigious Norwegian sports award - the Egebergs Ærespris - for achievements in multiple sports.[4]

Military career[edit]

During the campaign following Nazi Germany's assault on Norway on 9 April 1940, Reistad was an air unit commander and led the operations from Bardufoss Air Station against the German forces.[5]

Shortly before his death, he was appointed a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav.


  • Ole Reistad, "The Spirit of Little Norway" (Biography), Edvard Omholt-Jensen.


  1. ^ Bjercke, Alf R. "Ole Reistad". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 26 July 2012. Google translate 
  2. ^ Athletics - men's Pentathlon (Full Olympians)
  3. ^ Norwegian championships in pentathlon
  4. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Ole Imerslun Reistad". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Reistad, Ole" (in Norwegian). NorgesLexi.com. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
Preceded by
Harald Strøm
Egebergs Ærespris
Succeeded by
Johan Støa