Norwegian officer served with Secret Intelligence Service in GB and Norway, 1942-1944
REEL 1 Recollections of period as agent with Secret Intelligence Service in Norway, 1943-1944: camouflaging of secret radio station; need for constant lookout for Germans; means of detecting Germans; reporting shipping entering and leaving Oslo harbour; description of breaking twigs to warn of approaching Germans; need for constant food; description of security precautions; importance of knowledge of area and advantage it gave over Germans; atmosphere of location film crew.
REEL 2 Continues: explanation of what was done with received information; description of hideout; plans for evading capture; description of makeshift shelter; views from hideout including German shipping in harbour; method of escape from hideout; receiving supply drop from GB; sings Norwegian song and its meaning.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of training as agent with Special Intelligence Service in GB, 1942-1943: reasons for becoming agent; decision to go back to Norway; training received; parachute training at Ringway airfield; injuries received during parachute training; weapons training; training in coding; identification of German armed forces and ships; opinion of Commander Welsh; belief in survival; waiting to board aircraft at RAF Tempsford; abortive flights to Norway.
REEL 4 Continues: Recollections of period as agent for Special Intelligence Service in Norway, 1943-1944: description of parachute drop into Norway, 20/4/1943; injuries sustained during parachute jump and bad landing; climbing out of tall tree; method of fixing dislocated knee; attempt to buy ticket at railway station; obtaining lift in German truck; contact with bookseller in Oslo; importance of contact; confiscation of family home by Germans; meeting with best friend whose father was a Nazi; reaction to seeing mother.
REEL 5 Continues: staying with family friend; sending letter to mother; threat of gossip of ordinary people; difficulties of getting people to co-operate; reasons why he did not get involved with resistance organisations; story of betrayal and shooting of colleague; role monitoring ships; access to information from secretary working for Ministry of Justice in Norwegian collaboratist government; persuading Special Intelligence Service to allow him to stay on; information provided by farmer working at German airfield.
REEL 6 Continues: narrowly escaping discovery by German soldier; story of meeting and speaking with German soldier who gave him information; importance of shipping information; use of information provided by Germans arrested by Norwegian harbour police; sight of bombing of convoys; question of presence of Norwegian seamen in convoys; question of moral issues in total war; German use of torture and hostages; having his cyanide tablet implanted under skin and willingness to use it; attitude towards return to wartime haunts; knowledge of forests; radio communications.
REEL 7 Continues: use of Q Code; German honing into radio transmissions frequencies; greetings received from female wireless operators; need to constantly move location of radio transmissions; difficulties of moving radio equipment through German check points; story of throwing bag of equipment out of train window; description of sending weather reports prior to D-Day, 6/1944.
REEL 8 Continues: number of locations used for radio transmissions; effect on team of smoking cigarettes from supply drops; supplies dropped with British labels; method of getting through German checkpoint; narrow escape after supply drop and shoot out with German pursuer; importance of strict discipline as agent; responsibility towards captured colleagues; adopting false identities; question of becoming more careless towards end of time in Norway.
REEL 9 Continues: story of evading capture by killing German; operating radio stations until, 12/1944; move to GB; work with International War Relief Fund in New York, US, 1945; reaction to end of Second World War, 5/1945; psychological effects of war service; last message from Commander Welsh.
REEL 10 Continues: request for intelligence in order to launch attacks of German battlecruiser Tirpitz in Norwegian fjord; discussion of photographs including unpacking supply parachutes, 6/5/1944, colleagues, digging hole to bury parachute containers, view over German naval headquarters and harbour, making radio transmission; legally working as foresters; moving location of radio transmissions; description of camouflaging sleeping quarters; need for constant vigilance.
REEL 11 Continues: discussion of photograph of him monitoring weather; reasons for making 6mm film whilst operating in Norway.