In 1943 one in four seafarers in the Norwegian merchant fleet was a foreign national. They, too, were "war sailors", exposed to the same dangers and stressful situations that faced their Norwegian shipmates. Nevertheless, in the literature of Norway and the Second World War, the service of these seamen has gone unnoitced. Almost one thousand foreign sailors were lost in action while serving in the Norwegian merchant fleet under Allied command. This book documents for the first time the names of nearly all the deceased sailors and their 36 countries of origin. Individual stories from a number of these countries are highlighted and placed in a larger context. It will come as a surprise to many that China and India are among the three nations that suffered the largest number of casualties while serving onboard Norwegian ships.
The book is edited by the historian Bjorn Tore Rosendahl at Stiftelsen Arkivet, and includes contributions by scholars from Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. Together these studies provides a deeper understanding of the story of foreign nationals serving onboard Norwegian ships and how their service came to be forgetten after the war.
Hardback, 173 pages
Language : English