TRANDUM FOREST In May, 1945, in the forested area of Trandum, near Oslo, several mass graves were discovered containing the bodies of 194 Allied commandos. Most were Norwegian, 15 were Russian and 6 were British prisoners of war (captured during Operation Freshman, part of the plan to blow up the heavy water plant at Vermok in 1943).
All were males in their early twenties. Some were buried alive as pathologists found their lungs contained sand. The bodies were exhumed and reburied in the Vestre Gravlund (Cemetery) in Oslo with full British and Norwegian military honours.
Fehlis, the head of the Gestapo in Oslo, who signed the execution order, committed suicide just days before Prince Olaf and British representatives accepted the surrender of all German troops in Norway on May 8.