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Operation Christmas Tree

Discussion in 'WWII Today' started by GRW, Jul 28, 2021.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Let's hope they stay in Britain.
    "A World War Two hero led a secret mission to a Norwegian island which saw him return with Christmas Trees given as gifts to the British Government - sparking an annual tradition which continues to this day.
    Lieutenant Donald Buller evaded German detection to deliver radio equipment to Allied agents on the heavily-patrolled Norwegian island of Batalden in late 1943.
    Nazi Germany had occupied Norway following their invasion in April 1940.
    After lying under camouflaged nets for 24 hours, his Motor Torpedo Boat returned to Britain with several festive trees lashed to its deck.
    These were gifts from the Norwegian resistance to the British Government as a token of gratitude for the UK's support during the war.
    Whilst one was put up in Trafalgar Square, another was given to the exiled Norwegian King, Haakon VII, who was living in the UK.
    The move sparked a tradition which has seen a gifted Christmas tree from Norway put up in Trafalgar Square every year since 1947.
    Later in World War Two, Lieutenant Buller destroyed four enemy vessels off the Dutch coast in one outing, earning a Distinguished Service Cross for his exploits.
    His medals are now being sold at auction. "
    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9834737/Secret-WWII-mission-Norwegian-Christmas-tree-Trafalgar-Square.html
     
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    Interesting and a bit funny. The details are great.
     
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    In Finland every home has a X-mas tree and the presents are under it. The X-mas tree selling is a big Business. The good ones are 50€, the poorer ones 20€.
     
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    ....for the first time ever that I have known, we had a Christmas Tree shortage last season....I guess people staying home for Covid, bought them sooner/etc ...and/or supply was down......??
     

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